The NFL’s stance on the health of players was under the spotlight on Friday after linebacker Ted Johnson, who helped the New England Patriots to three Super Bowl titles, said that a series of concussions had impaired him.
Figures from SA Rugby indicate that 12-15 percent of boys playing rugby in any given season will be concussed and that there is a 50 percent chance of a player receiving a blow to the head, resulting in concussion, at some time in his school rugby career.
A study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting by Kevin Guskiewicz and others and about to be published in Med Sci Sports Exerc claims that the risk of depression later in life is three times higher in those American football players who have suffered three or more concussive episodes in their career..
A schoolboy died last week following a rugby match. Another boy was left paralysed by school rugby and scores of schoolboys continue to suffer severe injuries due to this game. But who’s to blame? Are school medical facilities up to scratch? Carte Blanche goes in search of the root of the problem.