Chief medical officers correspondence
Kirkwood G, Hughes TC, Pollock AM. Results on sports-related injuries in children from NHS emergency care dataset Oxfordshire pilot: an ecological study. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2018. download
White AJ, Batten J, Kirkwood G, Anderson E, Pollock AM. ‘Pre-activity movement control exercise programme to prevent injuries in youth rugby’: some concerns. Br J Sports Med 2018.
Pollock AM, Kirkwood G. Tackle and scrum should be banned in school rugby. BMJ 2017
Pollock AM, White AJ, Kirkwood G. Evidence in support of the call to ban the tackle and harmful contact in school rugby: a response to World Rugby. Br J Sports Med 2017;51:1113-17. download
Pollock AM, Kirkwood G. Sport Duty of Care Review: submission. London; 2016 May. download
Pollock AM, Kirkwood G. Removing contact from school rugby will not turn children into couch potatoes. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Apr 19;bjsports-2016-096220. download
Freitag A, Kirkwood G, Pollock AM. Rugby injury surveillance and prevention programmes: are they effective? BMJ. 2015;350:h1587. download
Kirkwood G, Parekh N, Ofori-Asenso R, Pollock AM. Concussion in youth rugby union and rugby league: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med 2015;49:506–10. download
Freitag A, Kirkwood G, Scharer S, Ofori-Asenso R, Pollock AM. Systematic review of rugby injuries in children and adolescents under 21 years. Br J Sports Med 2015;49:511–9. download
Pollock AM, Gorely T, Wheaton B, Wagg S, Grey M, Morrissey D, et al. Written submission to the House of Commons Health Committee Inquiry into the impact of physical activity and diet on health. 2014. download
Pollock AM. Tackling rugby: what every parent should know about injuries. London: Verso; 2014. 224 p.
Parekh N, Hodges S, Pollock AM, et al. Communicating the risk of injury in schoolboy rugby: using Poisson probability as an alternative presentation of the epidemiology. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2012;46:611–3. download
Pollock AM, Kirkwood G. Briefing for the Chief Medical Officer on child and adolescent injury surveillance in Scotland and sport. Edinburgh: : Centre for International Public Health Policy 2008. download
Pollock AM. Kids’ lives are on the line but rugby won’t listen. The Sunday Times 13 Dec 2020.
Pollock AM, Kirkwood G. Children account for almost half of all visits to A&E for sports injuries. The Conversation. 02 Nov 2018.
Pollock AM, Kirkwood G. Head injuries and concussion in rugby. Briefing to the Rugby Union All Party Parliamentary Group. 28 Nov 2016. download
Response by Martin Raftery, CEO of World Rugby, to World Rugby’s erroneous and misleading representation of Australian sports’ injury statistics
Pollock AM. Remove the tackle from school rugby and put in place injury surveillance. Better Health For All. 08 Mar 2016.
Pollock AM. What schools don’t want you to know about rugby. The Spectator. 22 Nov 2014, updated 02 Mar 2016
Science Mixtape. The horror of rugby 31 Oct 2015
Pollock AM. Time to tackle brain injury in rugby at all levels. The Irish Times 06 Oct 2015
Pollock AM. Rugby is dangerous – and we’re not doing enough to protect children who play it. The Conversation. 01 Oct 2015
Pollock AM. The Guardian. World Rugby isn’t doing enough to protect young players from head injuries. The Guardian. 22 Sep 2015
Stokes K. Concussion in professional rugby: short and medium term clinical outcomes and subsequent injury risk. Conference of the Rugby World Science Network 15-16 Sep 2015.
Pollock AM. A dangerous game. Scottish Review Jun 2015.
The Scotsman. Concerns over lack of school rugby injury research. 23 Apr 2015
BBC. School rugby plan ‘too dangerous’. 22 Apr 2015
Boots WebMD. Injury concerns over more school rugby. 22 Apr 2015
BT.com. Kids rugby drive sparks injury fear. 22 Apr 2015
Burton Mail. Is rugby too dangerous for schools? 22 Apr 2015
The Times. School rugby promotion ‘will lead to more injuries’. 22 Apr 2015
Western Morning News. Kids rugby drive prompts academics to warn of injury fears. 22 Apr 2015
Newstalk ZB. UK academic praises NZ’s focus on injury prevention. 22 Apr 2015
The Telegraph. School rugby harms children and should not be promoted, says prof. 21 Apr 2015
BMJ Editor’s Choice. NHS is not (yet) in crisis, but what about school rugby? 09 Jan 2015
The Scotsman: Expert warns of child injuries playing rugby 21 Dec 2014
The Spectator: What schools don’t want you to know about rugby. 22 Nov 2014
Radio New Zealand. Is rugby getting too dangerous for children? 20 Oct 14
STV. News. Book ignites fresh debate over the safety of sport in schools 30 Sep 14
Pollock AM. We have to tackle child injury on the sports field. Herald. 2008.