Rugby urged to cut matches as study finds players’ risk of MND is 15 times higher

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  • Study also finds increased risks of dementia and Parkinson’s
  • Consultant says contact training ‘should be a thing of the past’

Rugby union has been urged to cut back on competitive matches and stop contact training sessions altogether during the season following a landmark study which found the risk of motor neurone disease among Scottish international players was 15 times higher than the general population.

The research, which compared 412 former Scotland internationals born between 1900 and 1990 to over 1,200 non-players with the same age, area and socioeconomic status, also found that the rugby players – all male – were twice as likely to get dementia and more than three times likely to get Parkinson’s disease.

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Written by Sean Ingle
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/04/rugby-urged-to-cut-matches-as-study-finds-players-risk-of-mnd-is-15-times-higher under the title “Rugby urged to cut matches as study finds players’ risk of MND is 15 times higher”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.