The Rugby Football Union has announced that all England Rugby Union players and coaches will receive new, compulsory concussion training before the next season commences.
There has been a spate of sports- related concussion injuries in the media recently which has brought the debate to the fore. Rugby and football are two sports where questions have been raised about the way in which some players have been treated for concussion. The new online training seeks to address the issues raised.
The new move has been approved by the Professional game Board (PGB) but there have been no moves towards training in the amateur game. Rugby Football Union chief medical officer, Simon Kemp said that it ‘continues to make significant progress in this area.”
The father of a young boy, Peter Robinson, who died following a concussion injury in sport is continuing to campaign for compulsory lessons in school to tell children more about the effects of concussion. Mt Robinson says knowledge about the effects of concussion exists at higher levels but there is still not enough being done at grassroots in schools and with individuals.
The Medical Advisory Group has also provided some recommendations to the International Rugby Boards concussion guidelines. The advice includes viewing footage before a decision has been made on whether or not a player is fit to play as well as a review panel to investigate concussion injuries further.
Concussion is a notoriously complex condition and knowing how to treat and diagnose it during a match has been challenging for many sporting professionals. American football poses similar kinds of risk of head injuries and recent studies have revealed that there may be an increased risk of suffering from dementia following concussion.
The Alzheimer’s Society has also acknowledged the new initiative. Dr. Dug Brown, Director of research and development said: : “Evidence suggests that head injuries can increase a person’s risk of dementia, so it’s good to see both rugby players and their coaches are now being made aware of the potential seriousness of concussion.”
If you have experienced a sports-related concussion injury then it is possible that your injuries could have been life changing. Concussion and brain injuries can mean that an individual becomes reliant upon family members to care for them; have had to give up their job and have experienced significant pain and suffering.
A concussion injury compensation claim will take into account all of these factors and will also consider whether or not you have had to pay for additional medical expenses in relation to your injury.
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Published 13th February 2015.