Concussion is a growing concern amongst the rugby authorities, and rightly so after a new study revealed that up to 94% of elite players have experienced one or more.
A team at the University of Auckland undertook the study which revealed that of 485 men — 131 of them former professional rugby players, 281 amateur rugby players and 73 who had played non-contact sports such as cricket and hockey.
Researcher Patria Hume said “We’ve got to go through that scientific process, but what I’m saying is that, as a scientist, it’s irresponsible for people to say there are no long-term brain health issues,” she said.
“Because all indications so far from the analysis we have done indicates that there possibly are for the rugby players and for people who have been concussed more than four times.”
The report comes after a series of high profile concussion incidents including Florian Fritz and George North who were both sent back out to play after suffering serious looking blows to the head.
Elsewhere All Blacks Richie McCaw, Kieran Read and Brodie Rettallick have all sat out games after suffering concussions, whilst elsewhere the NFL have just settled a potential billion dollar law suit with former players regarding concussion issues.