Rugby is played globally, by over 7 million participants. Despite a growing body of research supporting current player health, and the understanding and prevention of injuries, to date there has been a lack of large-scale studies examining longer-term player health. In this study by Davies et al. the authors have shown that former elite, male rugby union players are at a greater risk of suffering from osteoarthritis, joint replacement and osteoporosis, than members of the general population.
NDORMS study highlights high prevalence of hip and knee replacements for former elite rugby players
28 September 2017
In a new study published in journal Scientific Reports, scientists at NDORMS and the University of Bath have identified a high prevalence of osteoarthritis, hip and knee replacement among former elite rugby players.