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Doctor Suggests Headguards Add to the Concussion Problem, Not Solve It

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.’”

For the full article, visit:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/news/11150094/Headguards-in-rugby-would-add-to-the-concussion-problem-not-solve-it-says-doctor.html 1/3

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International Rugby Board Launches Enhanced Concussion Programme

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.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Concussion education sits at the top of the IRB’s player welfare strategies aimed at informing, supporting and protecting players at all levels of the Game.”file00044633170

“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)

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Researcher Suggests Rugby Union Could Face NFL-style Concussion Lawsuit

Dr. Michael Grey, one of Britain’s leading experts in motor neuroscience, suggested recently to The Guardian that the Rugby Union could be facing an NFL-style concussion lawsuit in the near future.

Grey and others site the fact that the International Rugby Board has been accused by former medical advisor Dr. Barry O’Driscoll, in an interview with the BBC, of failing to place sufficient importance on treating concussion.

Grey issued the following warning through the paper:

“There’s the damage not only to the individual – and that has to be at the forefront of the mind – but we must also consider the sport itself.

“I believe we’re not too far off from coaches and sporting organizations being held accountable for the damage and we’re seeing that with the big lawsuit in the NFL.SONY DSC

“Absolutely a sport like rugby union could face something similar in the future. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if something like that happens. If we do nothing when we know there’s a problem, then I could see that type of lawsuit occurring.

“We know this is a problem and it’s very clear that the information is not getting out correctly to coaches and particularly to kids when we have an obligation to inform them of the dangers.”

Grey went on to discuss the challenge that helmeted sports lead to a different, or worse, type of impact.

“The collisions are different but it doesn’t take very much impact to shake the brain and cause a concussion,” he said. “It doesn’t take a huge hit.”

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