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Rugby scrums should be banned in schools to protect children involved in a sport which is "not safe enough" for them, an expert has warned.

Professor Allyson Pollock, director of Edinburgh University's Centre for International Public Health Policy, called for the ban after research into child injuries.

The study was carried out during 190 rugby matches at five Scottish schools.

There were 37 injuries recorded, with 20 taken to accident and emergency.

The tackle was the "commonest phase of play causing injury" with the head and face the most injured body part, along with sprains or ligament damage.

Prof Pollock, one of the study's authors, said: "High tackles and scrums should be banned. The sport is not safe enough for schoolchildren and not enough is being done to protect the safety of children.

Continue reading the main story If youngsters were coming back from school trips with these rates of injuries it would be enough to trigger a major inquiry
Prof Allyson Pollock

Centre for International Public Health Policy
"We know that most injuries occur in tackles and the scrum so there have got to be much greater safety measures in these areas."

She said moderating play may change rugby, but it was better to have a safe game than a dangerous one.

"Concussion is under-reported because it's not being monitored properly. Repeated concussions may have severe long-term consequences," the professor added, warning that teachers and coaches have a duty of care towards children.

"If youngsters were coming back from school trips with these rates of injuries it would be enough to trigger a major inquiry."

In the 193 matches played by 470 children between January to April last year, the injury incidence during the match play was 10.8 injuries per 1,000 player hours.

Out of 37 rugby injuries amongst the youngsters, 29 were sustained by children aged between 14 and 17 and eight in the 11 to 13 age group.

Injury surveillance

A spinal injury was admitted overnight in hospital and the 19 other injuries seen at accident and emergency were discharged without admission.

Eight of the injuries resulted in time off school. Five of those injured were off school for one day, one was off for three days, one for five days and the spinal injury caused the youngster to be "off school long-term", the research said.

The study, to be published in the Journal of Public Health, also said a rugby injury surveillance system in Scottish schools should be "strongly encouraged".

The Scottish government helped to fund the research.

A government spokeswoman said: "We initiated preliminary work around this study and we will now look closely at the findings of the research.

"While the Scottish government is fully supportive of school rugby, it's very important we have accurate data about injuries sustained on the pitch to ensure that young people are not being exposed to disproportionate risks."


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Speaking as a coach i think it will be a shame if they ban scrums.

A few years ago the P4/5s used to play 8 a side with a 3 man scrum and the P6/7's 10 a side using 5 man scrum. They then reduced it to 6 a said and 8 a side respectively with no scrums for the wee ones and only a 3 man scrum for the P6/7.

In the U14s it is currently a 6 man scrum but unopposed.

The problem is that the kids want to scrum, they want to play rugby as they see the professionals do it. Have no problem with that provided it is coached properly and even more importantly refereed correctly. Not like the twat at the last tournament was at in Inverness where front rows go down, are steady, the ball goes in and the other team drive and push us off ball. Interesting for unopposed scrums, the biased Fwit of ref(also by co-indence a coach for the opposition), when challenged says that it was the momentum of the hit although scrum had been stable till ball went in. My only concern in this instance was that my players were unprepared for such a big drive in "unopposed" scrum.
Colin Deans was on Radio Scotland this morning talking about this, as was the nutty professor. His answer was selecting teams by size not age group, hers was for more research.
I must admit in 15 years coaching kids rugby I've only had to take one kid to hospital ( though I have had to reset Middle Miss Fang's dislocated finger and had to collect Miss Fang on crutches when she tore her ankle ligaments)
It's twats like that

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