The governing bodies of rugby federations launch an action plan to address the reduction of head impacts and concussions | Rugby Union News
Posted On July 22, 2021
Last updated: 07/21/21 19:22
The Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and Rugby Players’ Association have launched an action plan to reduce head shocks and the risk of concussion during matches and training of elite rugby federations.
The action plan explains how science and technology are used to advance thinking to optimize player well-being and the brain health of potential players, current and past.
An increased focus on exposure to head shocks is accompanied by ongoing work to improve the level of management of head shocks and concussions in professional gaming and the introduction of a new service d Brain Health Assessment for Retired Elite Players.
The area of primary prevention will feature the use of “smart mouthguards” during the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons, with the RFU calling for the 13 Premiership clubs to use them with the aim of creating new limits for the contact training – Harlequins the men’s team and Bristol Bears Women have already tested the technology, which allows staff to monitor head impacts in real time.
Secondary prevention will include the implementation of World Rugby’s progressive return-to-play protocols and independent concussion consultant reviews, as well as the use of real-time Hawkeye videos to aid in the assessment of head injuries in the field. the Premier 15 female, as well as restarting the collection of saliva samples in the men’s game (and starting it in the women)
And there will be a tertiary prevention program for players following the end of their careers, the Advanced BRAIN Health Clinic is expected to open in London later in 2021 allowing the assessment and management of any former player between the ages of 30 and 55 who a concerns about their brain health.
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RFU Director of Medical Services Dr Simon Kemp said Sky Sports News: “Based on our experience with Harlequins and mouthguards, there was tremendous interest from the players and coaching staff just to understand what their training intensity meant to them.
“They were very used to understanding race loads, GPS data, and acceleration and deceleration loads. What the mouthguards give them is an idea about impact and head acceleration.
“Both clubs have reported very positively on the use of this as part of the club, aside from the value of the research.”
RPA chief executive Damien Hopley believes the sport remains at the forefront of concussion research and safety, but admitted some of his constituents were likely worried about the results of a study by Imperial College which has shown that a fifth of the elite players are showing signs. abnormalities of the white matter of the brain.
The Drake Rugby Biomarker study, which involved the RFU, surveyed 44 elite players between July 2017 and September 2019 and the results of the second scans on almost half of them, taken a year after the first, have found that 23% had abnormalities in their brain cells.
Hopley said: “Obviously that sets the hares going. Clearly this will be a title that will scare some players off, but we have to take it in the turn of what’s going on right now, make sure we look into all available research and let’s make informed answers on the back of it.
Hopley also believes current players would be in favor of reducing the full contact work done in training.
He added: “From the conversations we’ve had, I think the player would appreciate that. It’s about how we handle this, how we do it in the proper way, marrying the data. medical conditions we talked about.
“Trying to give some certainty about what contact is, clarification and regulation around this is an important step forward.”