Os­teo blow to ex-play­ers

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FOR­MER elite rugby play­ers are at greater risk of os­teoarthri­tis, joint re­place­ment and os­teo­poro­sis, UK data shows.

The English Lon­gi­tu­di­nal Study of Age­ing, which in­cludes 259 elite ex-rugby play­ers, found they were more likely to re­port health prob­lems re­lated to pain and mo­bil­ity. Os­teoarthri­tis was four times higher and joint re­place­ment six times higher than in the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion.

Mur­doch Univer­sity’s Dr Alas­dair Dempsey said: “Leg in­juries lead­ing to os­teoarthri­tis oc­cur at sim­i­lar rates in non-con­tact sports such as soccer and bas­ket­ball.”

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