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High Profile Rugby Case Highlight Sport Concussion Concerns

Posted in: Head and Brain Injuries Sporting Injuries 

The decision by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to allow George North to play on following a concussion in the opening game of the Six Nations has been met with criticism by medical experts.

North was clearly knocked out in front of a sold out Millennium Stadium in the match against England. Despite the player needing treatment, the Wales coaching team and medical team claimed that they had not seen the incident, despite slow motion replays.

“Greater Problem Than Ever”

Professor Willie Stewart, who sits on World Rugby’s concussion advisory panel said:

“The underlying trend over 10 years in professional rugby has seen a year-on-year increase in concussions.

“I do not believe this has anything to do with greater awareness of concussion. Instead, it reflects a steady rise in concussion rates over 10 years as on-field collisions have got bigger.”

”People are more aware because the problem is much greater than it ever used to be.”

North received eight minutes of treatment in the first half of the match for a head knock before being knocked out in a subsequent hit in the second period. 

Danger of Head Injuries

Research has shown that the number of reported concussions has doubled between 2002-2012, however, if you suffer from a head injury in an accident that is not your fault you may be able to claim compensation.

Head injuries can result in memory loss, fractured skull, brain injury or permanent disability. If you have suffered from a blow to the head and are suffering from any symptoms such as nausea, double vision, dizziness or any other medical issues, it is imperative that you seek medical advice.    

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