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In the April 2015 issue of BJSM, Kirkwood et al1 drew attention to concussion in youth rugby, concluding with four recommendations, most of which are well founded. One would agree there is a lack of medical personnel at youth games, a need for increased awareness of concussion management and a requirement for generalised data collection. However, suggesting rugby alone should ‘never be compulsory’ is highlighting that it might perhaps be an unsafe sport to play.
Concussion awareness is positive
Concussion is a ‘hot topic’ and Kirkwood et al1 highlight concussion as the most commonly reported rugby match injury. This is due to heightened concussion awareness and diagnosis with the introduction of the new pitch side assessment tools rather than an increase in true incidence.2 This is a good outcome, if we know about the injury and establishing it is now better recorded, it can be suitably managed.
Identifying concussion and managing appropriately
A review in rugby league observed 470 concussions over seven seasons (2.65/1000 h). The odds of sustaining one concussion was 7%, whereas the chances of receiving …
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