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‘Pre-activity movement control exercise programme to prevent injuries in youth rugby’: some concerns

Lookup NU author(s): Adam White, Graham Kirkwood, Professor Eric Anderson, Professor Allyson PollockORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an editorial that has been published in its final definitive form by B M J Group, 2019.

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All efforts to reduce injuries in school rugby are welcome and the cluster randomised controlled trial by Hislop and colleagues deserves attention. Here, the authors presented a preactivity exercise programme that trained strength, agility and balance, with reductions in time-loss injuries and concussions claimed. Yet we highlight fiveprimary concerns that arise from this study, which are particularly important given that the programme is now being implemented nationally.

Publication metadata

Author(s): White AJ, Batten J, Kirkwood G, Anderson E, Pollock AM

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Sports Medicine

Year: 2019

Volume: 53

Issue: 9

Pages: 525-526

Print publication date: 01/05/2019

Online publication date: 16/04/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0306-3674

ISSN (electronic): 1473-0480

Publisher: B M J Group


DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099051