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In a blink of an eye your life can change’: experiences of players sustaining a rugby-related acute spinal cord injury
  1. Marelise Badenhorst1,2,
  2. Evert Verhagen1,2,3,
  3. Michael Ian Lambert1,2,
  4. Willem van Mechelen1,2,4,5,
  5. James Craig Brown6,7
  1. 1 Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 2 Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports, Department of Public and Occupational Health and Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  3. 3 Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4 School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  5. 5 School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  6. 6 Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM), Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  7. 7 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre, Pretoria, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to BadenhorstMarelise, Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Cape Town 7725, South Africa; marelisebadenhorst{at}gmail.com

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. In Table 3 (third row), the number of participants has been corrected.

  • Contributors MB conducted the interviews and was involved in conceptualising the manuscript; she also conducted the analyses and wrote the initial drafts of the manuscript. EV and JCB were involved in the analyses and interpretation of the results. All authors (EV, MIL, WvM and JCB) were involved in conceptualising and editing the drafts of the manuscript.

  • Funding MB’s PhD is funded by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / NRF South Africa Desmond Tutu Doctoral Scholarship, administered through SAVUSA, the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and Zuid-Afrikahuis Study foundation for South African students.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Ethical clearance for the study was obtained from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC REF: 893/2015).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement All data are published, and therefore there are no additional data available. Owing to the sensitive nature of the information and appropriate medical ethics, access to the raw data set will be reviewed on request.

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Footnotes

  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. In Table 3 (third row), the number of participants has been corrected.

  • Contributors MB conducted the interviews and was involved in conceptualising the manuscript; she also conducted the analyses and wrote the initial drafts of the manuscript. EV and JCB were involved in the analyses and interpretation of the results. All authors (EV, MIL, WvM and JCB) were involved in conceptualising and editing the drafts of the manuscript.

  • Funding MB’s PhD is funded by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / NRF South Africa Desmond Tutu Doctoral Scholarship, administered through SAVUSA, the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and Zuid-Afrikahuis Study foundation for South African students.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Ethical clearance for the study was obtained from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC REF: 893/2015).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement All data are published, and therefore there are no additional data available. Owing to the sensitive nature of the information and appropriate medical ethics, access to the raw data set will be reviewed on request.

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