- May 20, 2008
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There’s a couple of things there to discuss but there is a duty of care by the club but also some common sense by the players not to play if they are concussed. Their stupidity should have no reflection on the wider issue.I'd be interested to see the unequivocal evidence to support this statement.
Anecdotally, a relative of mine has played most of his rugby at level 3/4 and described a season in which he only picked up 3 concussions as "pretty good". Hopefully, medical attention is better now that awareness is much higher, but going back a few years, I saw him get up after a clash of heads then collapse again. A magic sponge later, he was allowed to play on. On another occasion, one of his teammates boasted in the local press about how he played on despite throwing up in the changing room at halftime. The latter time, the team he was playing for listed 3 team doctors on their website!
The statement I made was about the head on head high speed incidents that they are trying to stop. Due to the community games being slower and the players not as powerful those head on head some powerful hits just don’t occur.
That’s the problem statement that the RFU had and that’s what they’ve banged on about.
Concussions in general is another issue but again community level rugby doesn’t have the same issues that the professional game does.