Tagged: rugby

Wearing protective headgear in rugby may increase the risk of serious injury – new research - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 25, 2017

By Andrew Barnes, Sheffield Hallam University Rugby, with its rucks and its mauls, its scrums and its tackles, is considered one of the most physical sports played in schools. Head injuries and concussions pose a serious threat to the welfare of young players. And research has shown that at youth level, on average between one and two players … Read More

Rugby pros feel the pain later in life, but no regrets - News

John Kerr Sep 29, 2017

Elite rugby players are a pretty fit and healthy bunch, but new research suggests the strain of top-level rugby can take its toll on the body later in life. A new University of Oxford study, published today in Scientific Reports, finds that retired elite rugby players are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, joint replacement, and site-specific joint replacement … Read More

Why do so many fear the bicycle? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 14, 2017

By Prof Alistair Woodward, Auckland University “It is too dangerous.” This is the reason given most commonly for not riding a bike on the road in New Zealand. In this blog, I summarise a paper we have just published quantifying the risk of cycling injury. We found it to be low compared to other activites that New Zealanders commonly engage … Read More

Scifest – heading south for a dose of science - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 22, 2016

We are less than a month out from the New Zealand International Science Festival, the biennial showcase of events, lectures, art and people that sees Dunedin become science-central for a full week. The festival runs July 8- 16. This year’s line-up looks particularly good. I’ll be heading down myself and am particularly looking forward to hosting a panel discussion on … Read More

Rugby fans – get physical - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 12, 2011

Here in New Zealand,  the Rugby World Cup has taken over. Just in time for the tournament the University of Otago has a new book to help rugby nuts get physical; others will have to scour bookstores. Clearly a rugby-mad man, Ph.D.-welding theoretical physicist Trevor Lipscombe has written The physics … Read More