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Former rugby players suffer arthritis, joint replacements – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 29th, 2017.

Former elite rugby players are at greater risk of osteoarthritis, joint replacement and osteoporosis compared to the rest of the population, according to data from the UK. Comparing 259 former elite male rugby players to other similarly-aged participants of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing found that the former rugby players were more likely to […]

Concussion, rugby and dementia focus of NZH investigation

John Kerr posted in on March 14th, 2016.

The hidden lifelong impact of concussion and head injury in rugby has been thrust into the spotlight this week by a New Zealand Herald investigation. ‘The longest goodbye: Rugby and the dementia dilemma,’ a feature article by Dylan Cleaver, forms the basis of the investigation with several news stories published alongside. The articles dig into […]

RWC Fever not healthy?

John Kerr posted in on September 29th, 2011.

To many New Zealanders rugby is more than just a sport, but maybe we need to lighten up if we want to enjoy it. Dominion Post journalist Michelle Duff caught up with Canterbury University sports sociologist Camilla Obel to talk about rugby, the national psyche and the typical All blacks fan. An excerpt (read in […]

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‘Blame the Ref’ – psychology for the RWC

Peter Griffin posted in on September 8th, 2011.

Rugby is central to New Zealand’s sense of national self worth- but this can be a problem given New Zealand’s recent track record of not winning world cup contests, says Associate Professor of Psychology,   Marc Wilson, of Victoria University in Wellington. “We love our rugby,” he said in a public lecture at Wellington on September […]

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