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Friday 18 April 2014

Counting the cost of injuries

It is really scary to read about the number of sportspersons, particularly footballers and hurlers, who are undergoing major surgery to rectify ongoing injuries.

Nobody doubts the medical progress made in recent years, but what the consequences of major surgery for players in their early 20s will lead to when they are 40-plus is not very clear.

My own knowledge of former players who had 'modern' surgery techniques administered 20 to 30 years ago, reveals many sad stories of ailments, such as arthritis in various joints, occurring long before what would normally be the case.

The desire to get injured players back in action is paramount – but at what cost for those concerned in the future?

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