Study into long-term health effects of rugby
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen will be involved in a major study of the long-term health effects of playing rugby.
Launched by sports scientists at Leeds Beckett University, the research led by experts at the Carnegie Research Institute, alongside researchers at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Aberdeen, will examine links between concussions, well-being, neuropsychological, neurocognitive and neuromuscular health in retired professional and amateur rugby union and rugby league players across the UK.
The project will also explore muscle, bone, joint and cardiometabolic health in the former players. The researchers are looking to recruit as many men over 30 as possible, who have been involved in rugby union or rugby league either as a professional, semi-professional or as an amateur.
Speaking about the study, UK Rugby Health, Dr Karen Hind of Leeds Beckett said: “A life of rugby provides so many benefits for those taking part – for some it’s a career, for all it’s about friendship, enjoyment, good health and fitness and a lifelong love of the game. Along the way, as with any physical pursuit, there are knocks, niggles and injuries – some more severe than others.
“Our project will examine links between concussions and future health, but it is also a broad study of how people are getting on later in life.”