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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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