Journal article

Rugby Health and Well-Being Study: protocol for a UK-wide survey with health data cross-validation

Nirmala Kanthi Panagodage Perera, Maja R Radojcic, Stephanie R Filbay, Steffan A Griffin, Lucy Gates, Andrew Murray, Roger Hawkes, Nigel K Arden

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Rugby football (Union and League) provides physical activity (PA) with related physical and mental health benefits. However, as a collision sport, rugby research and media coverage predominantly focus on injuries in elite players while the overall impact on health and well-being remains unclear. This study aims to provide a greater understanding of the risks and benefits of rugby participation in a diverse sample of men and women, current and former rugby Union and League players from recreational to the elite level of play. We will explore: (1) joint-specific injuries and concussion; (2) joint pain and osteoarthritis (OA); (3) medical and mental health conditions; (4) PA and s..

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