UK health experts urge government to ban tackling in school rugby

More than 70 sport scholars, academics, doctors and public health professionals have joined forces to pen an open letter to the government, calling for tackling in school rugby to be banned.

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Following increasing concerns among health professionals, the letter warns of the risks of serious injuries from tackling in rugby and urges schools to adopt touch and non-contact versions of the sport.

Head injuries are common in school rugby and repeat concussions have been linked to cognitive impairment. Other injuries from the tackle include fractures, torn ligaments, dislocated shoulders and spinal injuries, some of which have life-long and life-ending consequences for children.

Read more, including the full letter here

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