Consequences of concussion in rugby:
- Retirements – The retirement of players as a result of concussion is common in the professional game
- Failure to retain players – The retention of players of all ages is needed to enable the sport to continue to grow and survive
- Long term mental health issues – multiple concussions have been linked to a range of issues, including a form of dementia
*Incidence per 1000 player hours of reported match concussions by season with mean +2 standard deviations.
A concussion is a mild traumatic injury to the brain, which may or may not include the loss of consciousness, as the result of a blow to the head.
The severity and frequency of concussions will dictate whether they have short or long term repercussions on a player’s health.
One long term effect linked to concussions is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which is a form of dementia.
Caused by repeated head trauma, this progressive, degenerative disease has been found in the brain tissue of deceased boxers, NFL athletes and now RUGBY and football players too.
It’s just one example of what cumulative damage of multiple concussions, or repeated blows to the head, can have on an individual.
Training players and coaches in both correct head placement and correct tackling technique is the key to reducing concussion and head injuries.
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