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MP Chris Bryant, along with other MPs, is calling for a parliamentary investigation into the relation between sports and concussion.
The MP says that the UK sporting community is ‘turning a blind eye’ to the problems relating to head injuries in sports. As a result of his concerns, a cross-party report named ‘Concussion Can Kill’ has been written. The report, which has been sparked by a number of different high profile concussion cases in the media, including the death of Ben Robinson following a rugby match in 2011, outlines the need for more action and less debate regarding the matter of concussion in sports.
The report also states that sporting communities like rugby and football need to act on concussion better and that many of the protocols which are in place are unsubstantial and confusing.
A charter highlights five key areas that MPs involved in the campaign, feel should be highlighted:
Other MPs who have written the report go across parties and include Lord Addlington; Baroness Grey-Thompson; and Chris Heaton-Harris. The report states it doesn’t wish to undermine sport but most importantly, seeks to protect the welfare of the participants in it from long-term brain damage.
MP Chris Bryant says his plans for the charter are to get things started in terms of concussion in sport. He said: “We don’t want to wrap children in cotton wool and each of us are passionate supporters of sport and the positive role it has to play in the lives of young people; however, parents, schools and sporting bodies need to recognise when concussion occurs and how to ensure that children are protected.”
Recent legal action in America has also highlighted the issue of concussion and its links with heading in football. Parents are taking legal action against FIFA who they say has not protected young players from the risks of concussion. The group of parents says FIFA has acted negligently but that they don’t want financial compensation but new rules for the game. The group says there is research to prove that heading in football damages neck muscles which haven’t been properly developed in young people. They also want people who are suspected of having had a concussion injury to be more closely monitored.
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Published on 11th February 2015.