Welcome to Super Nanny State, you really couldn't make this up! Nothing will happen, but somebody (us) paid for this 'research'. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/10501327.stm 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."