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Quality of life among individuals with rugby-related spinal cord injuries in South Africa: a descriptive cross-sectional study
  1. Marelise Badenhorst1,2,
  2. James Craig Brown1,2,
  3. Mike I Lambert1,2,
  4. Willem Van Mechelen1,2,3,4,
  5. Evert Verhagen1,2,5
  1. 1 Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, 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 School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  4. 4 School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  5. 5 Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Evert Verhagen; e.verhagen{at}vumc.nl

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  • Contributors MB conducted the data collection and was involved in conceptualising the manuscript; she also conducted statistical analyses and wrote the initial drafts of the manuscript. EV and JCB were involved in the statistical analyses and interpretation of the results. All authors were involved in conceptualising and editing drafts of the manuscript.

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

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval Ethical clearance for the study was obtained from the University of Cape Town 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 is 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

  • Contributors MB conducted the data collection and was involved in conceptualising the manuscript; she also conducted statistical analyses and wrote the initial drafts of the manuscript. EV and JCB were involved in the statistical analyses and interpretation of the results. All authors were involved in conceptualising and editing drafts of the manuscript.

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

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval Ethical clearance for the study was obtained from the University of Cape Town 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 is 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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