Rugby injuries to the cervical spine and spinal cord have recently been the cause of considerable controversy. There has been a notable increase in the incidence of these serious injuries during the last few years, not only in South Africa but also in Great Britain. New Zealand and Australia. Rugby is a fast moving contact sport, therefore it is impossible to avoid some accidents.
Collision sports result in injuries to a variable degree, and boxing, because of the great violence involved in the contact, should have a high rate of serious injury. However, injuries sustained to body parts excluding head injuries are seldom severe. All boxers participating in a contest have two types of protection for their hands: (a) bandages and tape (b) gloves.
Dynamic (Holter monitor) electrocardiography is a most useful non-invasive diagnostic aid in cardiovascular disease. Its foremost use is in the evaluation of cardiac arrhythmias and their correlation with various symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, syncope, and chest pain. Holter monitoring is also of value in assessing the normal physiological response to stress.
There will always be those who think that the University's sole responsibility is to educate the mind, and that the body and physical recreation are below the dignity of a truly academic institution. I would argue that the University which fails to promote the practice of sport, and which fails to foster its athletes will be mediocre. Because it is the athletes who daily provide the living example of those enduring values to which each of us who make up the University, must aspire. For the athlete, like the academic, is nothing if he does not practice personal discipline and self-control.