[SportMed] SPORTS: INJURIES: CONCUSSIONS : SPORTS: RUGBY : PREVENTION : SPORTS: EQUIPMENT: HELMETS: ‘Potential’ to Tackle Rugby Concussion with Headgear

 

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‘Potential’ to Tackle Rugby Concussion with Headgear

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‘Potential’ to Tackle Rugby Concussion with Headgear

By Max Evans

BBC News

18 March 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38801077

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Cardiff University and its partners got 165,000 via a competition co-sponsored by America’s National Football League to develop an anti-concussion material.

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Dr Peter Theobald said it could be used in rugby but it may change the game.

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World Rugby said it “welcomes any commitment to research and development in the area of player welfare”.

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“So long as we are upfront about the caveats, certainly potential [to introduce anti-concussion headgear] seems to exist within rugby,” said Dr Theobald, a senior lecturer in biomechanical engineering who leads the Cardiff University team.

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“However, we need to be aware of the consequence that an introduction of new protective equipment has [had in other sports] – that is that it can change behaviour to reflect this new level or perceived invincibility or certainly increased level of perceived protection.

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“Given the increased concussion rate within the sport, however, it would be remiss of us to not consider whether our technology can provide greater player protection.”

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The university’s School of Engineering has been working with its partners to develop an energy-absorbing material known as C3, which was created in collaboration with the University of Cambridge.

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It was one of five teams that won initial funding as part of an NFL initiative to tackle concussion in American football. They are waiting to hear if they have won the $500,000 (400,000) first prize, which also comes with the commercial expertise of the multi-national sponsors.

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In 2016, the US supreme court upheld a $1bn (700m) settlement between the NFL and retired players who had suffered brain damage as a result of concussions.

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Rugby has also made moves to reduce the risks, with “reckless” tackles with head contact outlawed in December after earlier alterations to the way concussion is managed.

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However, concussion in rugby continues to hit the headlines.
The 2017 Six Nations, which comes to a close this weekend, has seen a series of head injuries and suspected concussions and in January, World Rugby criticised Northampton Saints’ treatment of Wales winger George North after he sustained a head injury – the latest in a series of similar blows.

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And the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) process in rugby has been strongly criticised and defended, with high-profile figures on either side.

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[SportMed] SPORTS: INJURIES: CONCUSSIONS : SPORTS: RUGBY : PREVENTION : SPORTS: EQUIPMENT: HELMETS: ‘Potential’ to Tackle Rugby Concussion with Headgear

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