Rugby World Cup 2015: tackling the issue of concussion

Written by Alice Weatherston

With the commencement of the 2015 Rugby World Cup this week, the issue of mild traumatic brain injuries within contact sport has been discussed widely across the media, indicating the need for better understanding and monitoring of the effects of concussion. A BBC Panorama documentary on Monday investigated calls to alter tackle laws within the game to reduce the risk of head traumas and yesterday Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, responded positively to calls to implement something similar to the USA’s Lystedt’s Law to improve concussion education further. Lystedt’s law requires youth athletes who are suspected of having sustained a...

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