- Links between concussion and conditions including Alzheimer’s in NFL
- Rugby forced to anticipate a probability of identical connection
- Former Scotland captain Chris Paterson on of several stars to pointer up
The Scottish Rugby Union are propelling all former general players to take partial in a ground-breaking examine set adult to examine a long-term effects on a mind of personification a sport.
Research into American Football has shown former players are 4 times some-more expected to humour conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Motor Neurone Disease — that sparked a Ice Bucket Challenge online phenomenon. There are fears rugby and other hit sports could also be during risk.
Rugby authorities have attempted to play down parallels with a NFL, insisting helmeted sports can't be compared with non-helmeted ones, though there is ascent justification rugby has a allied concussion rate to American Football.
Leading by example: Former Scotland captain Chris Paterson is one of several players who have sealed up
Progress: Dr James Robson has played a outrageous partial in a SRU’s work to move in improved reserve measures
The SRU, led by a highly-regarded Dr James Robson, have been during a forefront of pushing concussion reserve measures and a latest try to set adult a minute examine led by researchers during Glasgow University is set to be copied by other unions, including a RFU.
Former Scotland captain Chris Paterson is one of several players who has already sealed adult to a study.
‘Our competition is doing all it can to lead a approach on bargain concussion for destiny generations during all levels of a game,’ Paterson said.
Star man: Paterson scored over 800 points for Scotland during a prolonged and successful general career
The International Rugby Board determined a hearing in Auckland some-more than dual years ago that was meant to be published final September. So distant no information has been presented notwithstanding promises from arch executive Brett Gosper that there ‘will be no cover up’.
Similar studies in football have also unsuccessful to broach any suggestive data.
‘It is really enlivening to see a unions actively intent in aiding investigate into conduct injuries and we would interest to former chosen players to come brazen and take partial in this University of Glasgow study, that is being upheld by a Scottish RU,’ pronounced IRB authority Bernard Lapasset.
Very encouraging: IRB authority Bernard Lapasset called on other general players to take part