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Rugby players 15 times more likely to develop motor neurone disease, new study finds – The Independent

Saturday, 22 October, 2022

Rugby players 15 times more likely to develop motor neurone disease, new study finds – The Independent

Rugby authorities have been told they should look to eliminate contact training and reduce rather than expand the global calendar after a study revealed concerning evidence of considerably increased risk of motor neurone disease among former players.

A study led by the University of Glasgow looking at former Scotland internationals – from both the amateur era and later professional players – found ex-rugby players had more than twice the risk of a neurodegenerative disease, and a 15-times higher risk of a motor neurone disease diagnosis.

Consultant neuropathologist Prof Willie Stewart, who led the research, said it raised immediate questions for rugby authorities to mitigate the risks.

Read more at: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/motor-neurone-disease-mnd-research-study-b2195845.html

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