Tackling Rugby

Tackling Rugby:What Every Parent Should Know

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What parents should know about the sports their children play

Every week young children are hospitalized on the playing fields of Britain. Yet this data is never collected, nor is there any concerted attempt to work out how to make sport safer. Using meticulous, peer-reviewed research, the book sets out the true risks associated with the sport, raising uncomfortable questions for politicians and the educational authorities. Would parents be so willing to let their children play rugby if they knew that the average risk of serious injury over the course of a season could be at least 17 percent, or nearly one in six?


  • Horrifying and empowering, this is an instant classic and essential reading for every parent. Professor Pollock is utterly fearless.

    Max Pemberton, author of The Doctor Will See you Now
  • Allyson Pollock is one of the leading public health scientists of her generation … In this carefully researched book, she confronts us with a hard choice: continue with the unfettered romance of a ‘man’s’ game or adapt it to protect our young.

    Prof. John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health