Rugby injuries of the spine and spinal cord

Clin Sports Med. 1987 Jan;6(1):87-99.


This article analyzes the type and circumstances of injury in 50 rugby players who sustained cervical spinal cord injury with paralysis. Specific mechanisms of injury occurring during certain phases of the game are identified as being responsible for the majority of injuries. Each phase of the game is discussed in detail, emphasizing the vulnerability of the cervical spine to certain maneuvers, the dangers of illegal play, and the importance of preventive measures to decrease the incidence of these catastrophic injuries.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / etiology*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / prevention & control
  • Spinal Injuries / etiology*
  • Spinal Injuries / prevention & control
  • Sports*