From the New Scientist Magazine – Neurologists have long suspected that CTE could also be a problem in rugby union because of its emphasis on high-speed “hits”. Concussion is the fourth most common injury in the professional game. New Scientist understands that another deceased player’s brain has recently been found to have CTE in the UK.
Germany’s Christoph Kramer lies on the pitch as teammate Thomas Mueller assists him, during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina. Photo / AP. World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol..
Dr Martin Raftery is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the International Rugby Board having been appointed in August 2011. Prior to this appointment he was Chief Medical Officer of the Australian Rugby Union from 2004-2011. Dr Raftery currently provides injury prevention consultancy advice to teams within Rugby Union, Rugby League and Australian Football.
This article provides a brief overview of the current sport injury prevention implementation literature before focusing specifically on the translation of guidelines (including consensus and position statements) developed to assist physicians and others diagnose and manage athletes with sport-related concussion and the associated return-to-play decisions.
Many have questioned whether there is a link between rugby-linked head injuries and Motor Neuron Disease (MND) in light of cases including Joost van der Westhuizen, Tinus Linee, John Mudgeway, Ryan Walker and Jarrod Cunningham, all professional rugby players that have all suffered from the disease.
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.