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Ligamentous laxity and rugby injuries

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Joint laxity may be an advantage in sports such as gymnastics but a disadvantage in physical contact sports. Greater laxity has been shown to increase the risk of knee injury in professional footballers but not in high school players. A study in New Zealand has related ligamentous laxity to injury in amateur, first division club, rugby players.

Fifty one players were examined using a modified Beighton-Horan nine point scale (0 or 1 point …

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