Study into long-term health ef­fects of rugby

The Scotsman - - Sport - By DUN­CAN SMITH

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.”

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