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Category: Concussion in sport

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AFL players’ union to consider multimillion-dollar concussion trust proposal

AFLPA to meet concussion campaigner Peter Jess this weekEnsuring how players are covered in next CBA high on agendaThe AFL Players’ Association will meet this week with concussion campaigner Peter Jess to discuss his proposed $2bn compensation fund to …

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Coroner calls for brain research following former AFL player Danny Frawley’s death

Victorian coroner Paresa Spanos says research could save livesReport encourages players to donate brains after deathA Victorian coroner is calling for more research into the long-term effects of head knocks in sport, in a report detailing the extent of…

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Coroner calls for brain research following former AFL player Danny Frawley’s death

Victorian coroner Paresa Spanos says research could save livesReport encourages players to donate brains after deathA Victorian coroner is calling for more research into the long-term effects of head knocks in sport, in a report detailing the extent of…

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Coroner calls for brain research following former AFL player Danny Frawley’s death

Victorian coroner Paresa Spanos says research could save livesReport encourages players to donate brains after deathA Victorian coroner is calling for more research into the long-term effects of head knocks in sport, in a report detailing the extent of…

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Haskell and Cudmore launch new lobby group with letter to World Rugby

‘Progressive Rugby’ want urgent reforms to the sport‘World Rugby has a moral duty to minimise risk’Jamie Cudmore and James Haskell are at the head of a new lobby group called Progressive Rugby, which has been launched with an open letter to Sir Bill Be…

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Rugby needs to follow AFL path in confronting problem of concussion | Andy Bull

Australian Rules Football is proposing a trust for players suffering brain trauma and rugby could learn from this A fortnight or so ago I had an email conversation with a man who used to work as a development officer for the Rugby Football Union. We we…

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The AFL has much ground to make up on the issue of concussion and player welfare | Stephanie Convery

Putting $2bn behind the health and wellbeing of those who suffer brain injuries on its behalf is a pretty good place to startSlowly, reluctantly, painstakingly, the sporting world has been coming to terms with concussion.It’s taken decades for the corp…

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AFL considering proposal for landmark multimillion-dollar concussion trust for players

Exclusive: The plan – if accepted by the league – would represent a watershed moment in the recognition and treatment of players suffering from the effects of head injuries The AFL is considering a proposal for the establishment of a multimillion-dolla…

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Diop incident shows new concussion rules ‘deeply flawed’, brain charity says

West Ham player cleared to continue then taken offBrain injury charity Headway wants temporary substitutesThe leading brain injury charity Headway has reiterated its belief that football’s new concussion rules are “deeply flawed” following their domest…

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Conservative world of sumo slow to take action on concussion

While football and rugby make adjustments, clashes of heads continue in Japan’s national sport The crack of two skulls colliding echoed around the sumo arena. One of the wrestlers returned to his starting position in the ring, apparently unfazed. But h…

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Can you still enjoy Six Nations when you know about the risk of brain injury? | Andy Bull

Campaigners say culture of game needs to change so all – players, referees, writers, viewers – are more aware of the risksThe bleak, unlovely month of February has two things to recommend it, and one of those is that it’s all over quickly. The other is…

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‘If in doubt, sit them out’: how tragedy fuelled father’s concussion campaign

Ten years after his son, Ben, was killed, Peter Robinson wants young sportspeople to be better protected from brain injuries“It’s strange people talk about how time’s a healer,” Peter Robinson says, “but I don’t think we’ve ever found that.” It’s been …

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Underbelly of sporting psyche needs to change if concussion campaign is to be won | Brandon Jack

Contact sport athletes see knocks as a necessary evil to their work but they must become aware of their own mortality before it is too late“Be the hungriest, hardest cunt on the field. There is a senior spot open and you fucking want it.” 29 March, 201…

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Wales defender Keith Pontin’s death may be linked to heading ball

Inquest hears Cardiff City player had dementiaGareth Southgate to join study of dementia and footballersThe death of the former Wales and Cardiff City defender Keith Pontin may have been linked to heading the ball during his football career, an inquest…

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Wales defender Keith Pontin’s death may be linked to heading ball

Inquest hears Cardiff City player had dementiaGareth Southgate to join study of dementia and footballersThe death of the former Wales and Cardiff City defender Keith Pontin may have been linked to heading the ball during his football career, an inquest…

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Wales defender Keith Pontin’s death may be linked to heading ball

Inquest hears Cardiff City player had dementiaGareth Southgate to join study of dementia and footballersThe death of the former Wales and Cardiff City defender Keith Pontin may have been linked to heading the ball during his football career, an inquest…

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AFL issues tighter protocols amid heightened concern over concussions

Players to be sidelined for at least 12 days if they suffer a concussionChange represents a doubling of mandated recovery timeOn the day the fifth edition of AFLW gets under way, new guidelines around head trauma have been issued, with players to be si…

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Families of former football and rugby players launch dementia charity

Head for Change to offer support to those affected‘We want to be part of the solution,’ says Dr Judith GatesThe family of Nobby Stiles have become ambassadors for a new charity launched by the families of former football and rugby players who have been…

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Leeds’ Stevie Ward ‘haunted’ by future as concussion forces retirement at 27

Ward suffers daily symptoms after two concussions last year ‘I will now try to shine a light on the darker side of the game’Stevie Ward says he is “haunted” about what his long-term health may look like after announcing his retirement at the age of 27 …

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Football still ‘in the dark’ about long-term risk of heading ball, says Southgate

England manager supports more research into dementia risk‘Everybody is more aware than ever of the impact of the illness’Gareth Southgate believes football remains “in the dark” about the long-term risks of heading the ball and concussions sustained on…