Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
Concussion debate
English rugby to tighten concussion protocols
ESPN Staff
January 13, 2014
The processes surrounding concussions are being tightened up © Getty Images

English rugby will tighten up concussion protocols in a bid to further improve protection of players who have sustained head injuries.

The subject of the way sports in general approach concussion have been to the fore of late with rugby, because of its very nature, one of those most under the spotlight.

The Professional Game Board - made up of officials from the RFU, the leading clubs and the Rugby Players' Association - is preparing to react to research in the United States which found significant levels of early-onset dementia in former American footballers.

One of the major steps will be the introduction of mandatory online concussion education programme which every player in the Premiership and the Championship, as well as coaches, referees and medics, will have to take before the start of next season.

The system where players are evaluated for suspected concussion during a match will also be reviewed although calls for the period before which the player concerned can return to the pitch to be extended from five to 15 minutes is unlikely to happen. It is thought a compromise of ten minutes will be agreed on by the IRB.

The final change will focus on the time concussed players need to rest before returning to action. There used to be a minimum three-week rule but that was relaxed with each case being treated individually.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - United States GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Darts - European Championship
    Golf - McGladrey Classic
    Golf - Perth International
    Tennis - Swiss Indoors
    Tennis - Valencia Open
    Tennis - WTA Finals
  • Football

    De Gea: Praise sent shivers down my spine

    David De Gea says the praise he received following his outstanding performance in Manchester United's 2-1 win against Everton earlier this month sent shivers down his spine

  • Football

    Henderson: We can beat Real at Bernabeu

    Jordan Henderson says Liverpool can beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu despite Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat at Anfield

  • Football

    Valdes to rebuild his fitness at United

    Manchester United have announced that Louis van Gaal has offered former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes the chance to complete his rehabilitation from injury with the club

  • Boxing

    Groves takes 'calculated risk' fight against Douglin

    George Groves will defend his WBC silver super-middleweight title against Denis Douglin on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew's domestic grudge match in Liverpool on November 22

  • Football

    FA charges Warnock for referee criticism

    Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his comments following the 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea on Saturday

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!