John Eales (66)
Also North got his fifth! concussion against France on the weekend, awful to see happen and he seems quite prone to it now.
Biggar is such a worry.
Is there any research showing that previous concussion injuries results in future impacts resulting in concussions more easily? Because he seems to be going down so frequently.
I'm not a father but I'd be reviewing which sports my kids play. This week research was published showing former soccer players experience neuro-degenerative conditions (alzheimers, dementia etc) at three times the rate of non-playing people. Heading balls is the obvious risk factor, which (on the surface) appears to be much less traumatic than the types of head injuries seen in the contact codes.
More than 70 former rugby players are preparing a potentially seismic group-litigation action due to the effects of concussions suffered during their careers.
The London Telegraph has learnt the group includes several former England, Wales and New Zealand internationals. Nearly all sustained multiple head knocks during their careers and have suffered from memory loss, insomnia, migraines and depression since retirement.
In the 1970s, the International Rugby Council, as World Rugby was known, instituted a three-week stand-down period for players who suffered a concussion. This was revised down to a week in the 2000s.
Barry O'Driscoll, who resigned as former chief medical officer to the IRB in protest at its concussion protocols, has confirmed this will form a central plank of the law firm's argument.
"My understanding of it is that this will be one of the crucial parts of the case and there is very little scientific basis for the seven-day rule other than it allowed players to return to play for next week's game," O'Driscoll told The Telegraph.
They are extremely fucked for any harm occuring back in the day when they did jack shit to protect the players and no one knew what was happening to players brains.Im very interested to see where the line is drawn for personal responsibility as opposed to the union being at fault
but would I let my kid play knowing what we do now? Very doubtful.
Sounds like this thing is about to go mental (poor choice of words, MORAN)
Look at this graph ffs
60 lineouts a game back in the day! 60!
And only 38 rucks!
Re; dementia, sounds like its just really an elite pro level thing? Too much practice time and high impact shit in matches? Plus all the little knocks adding up over all those hours and hours for fulltime pros. And every high speed impact even to just the body is another reverberating jiggle to the brain.
WFT is the solution?
Can't "limit practice". It'll just go underground.
"Weight restrictions" are dumb too. A brave little prick can still run into you fast as fuck and hello, theres another brain jiggle.
The rucks are just some horrid shit now. Defenders bending over rucks in a totally prone position to compete for the ball and pricks freely allowed to wipe them out by the brains 213 times per match. That shit has to go.
Yeah some concerning statistics there. It’s hard to know what the solution is. Players are so much fitter, faster and agile these days that they’re covering so much more of the field every game. I think they need to speed the game up, push players to fatigue again.