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Attorney Writes about How Australia’s National Rugby League Launches Assistance for Players Who Sustain Catastrophic Injuries
Thomas Zhong of DLA Piper LLP noted recently in a blog post that the National Rugby League has made some changes relevant to concussion.
“The National Rugby League (NRL) has launched a ‘whole of game’ Foundation that provides support for players who incur catastrophic injuries whilst playing rugby league. The Foundation supports players at all levels from grassroots junior football through to the NRL and will provide assistance for players who suffer severe functional disabilities (e.g. brain or spinal cord injury). The whole of game Foundation will provide funding to cover interim medical and other expenses in addiiton to insurance coverage.
NRL Insurance Scheme
The current $1 million threshold for insurance payouts available to NRL players was implemented in July 2014 and applies to most serious injuries (e.g. paraplegia, quadriplegia, career-ending loss of use of limb and loss of sight). The scheme also incorporates employment salary protetion for a period of two years. For more information on the NRL Insurance Scheme, click here.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
It will be a novel test-case to determine whether players who develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease common in athletes who suffere repetitive brain trauma, concussions and sub-concussions, are able to claim from the Foundation if they are able to prove a causative link to their careers in the NRL. This issue has been strongly litigated in other sporting codes such as the National Football League, who recently settled a class-action lawsuit from former players – allowing for a compensation payment of up to $5 million per player.”
Before you go out and lay down all that money for headguard or other protective equipment, like liners, that are supposed to shield athletes from concussions, you may want to consider an article that ran this month in the Telegraph in the UK.
The article quoted Dr. Mike Loosemore, the doctor for the British boxing team and a leading member of the medical team at the London Olympics, that Headguards contribute to the concussion problem, not lessen it.
“Look at the NFL, where the risk of brain injury is extremely high despite the helmets that they wear,” he told the newspaper.
He continued, noting that Headguards give “an illusion of safety. If you think you are protected by a headguard, you are more likely to put your head where it shouldn’t be.”
Elaborating, he told the Telegraph that the NFL has “weaponised the helmet and it is routinely used as part of the ‘hit.’”
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The International Rugby Board has launched a new resource aimed at educating the public about concussions.
Available at www.irbplayerwelfare.com, the “Recognise and Remove” resource has been overseen by a group of independent concussion experts who are working with the IRB to continue to advance concussion education, prevention, management and research.
The resource features a simple guide to concussion for players, coaches, parents and referees, outlines the symptoms and calls upon the rugby community to “Recognise and Remove” any player displaying symptoms or suspected symptoms.
“This enhanced resource is designed to assist our unions with changing culture, educating players, coaches and family members at all levels about concussion symptoms and the need to treat any head injury with caution and care.”
Supporting materials include a Recognise and Remove poster (available in 11 languages) and guidance for the general public, which will also be available in 11 languages, while a Recognise and Remove video and social media awareness campaign is being produced featuring some of the biggest names in the Game.
The Independent Concussion Advisory Group members include: Professor Caroline Finch (Injury Prevention Researcher; Federation University Australia); Professor Bob Cantu (Neurosurgeon, Boston University); Dr Willie Stewart (Clinical Neuroscientist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow University) and Dr Jon Patricios (Sports Physician, South Africa)