A charity is warning rugby players about the dangers of continuing to play after receiving a blow to the head.
Brain injury charity Headway issued the warning after Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar said he felt “a little bit dazed” during the closing stages of his team’s PRO12 match against Leinster.
Suffered bang to head
Biggar suffered a bang to his head just before the hour mark and went on to miss a penalty later in the game.
The Ospreys medical staff said Biggar had passed their head injury assessment. Such assessments are required before players are allowed back on the pitch.
Headway chief executive Peter McCabe said: “It is extremely concerning to hear a player admit to feeling dazed following a head injury and yet not inform his medical team.
“Identifying concussion is not an easy task, particularly in the pressured environment of live professional sport. It can be an evolving condition with the symptoms not always immediately obvious.
“Players must take some responsibility by being honest with medical staff and admitting to feeling dizzy, nauseous, or dazed, for example.”
Is the message getting through?
Mr McCabe added: “Professional rugby players are better supported than ever before when it comes to understanding concussion, which is otherwise known as a minor traumatic brain injury. The question has to be asked, however, is whether or not the message is getting through.
“Continuing to play while feeling dazed sets a poor example for grassroots players to follow and indicates more needs to be done to educate players on the dangers of playing on following a concussion.
“In the meantime, it is vital that rugby stays true to the principle of ‘if in doubt, sit it out’.”
Date Published: April 27, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown