Three Irish doctors from Tallaght Hospital have discovered a type of unusual fracture suffered by young rugby players.
David I Morrissey, Daniel Good and Michael Leonard wrote about their discovery in the British Medical Journal. The unusual sporting injury is called an “acetabular fracture”, and affects the socket of the hip bone.
“Acetabular fractures are an uncommon injury, generally occurring in younger patients as a result of high-velocity trauma such as road traffic accidents,” said the doctors.
The three Irish doctors have discovered these injuries in three young rugby players and say “we have not previously encountered these injuries in a juvenile sporting population”.
The doctors have suggested that rule changes may need to be implemented to prevent such injuries occurring in juvenile players. The injuries were sustained while playing rugby union, two during seasonal match play and one during a training drill. [Source: TheJournal.ie]