All Sports-Related Head Injuries Must Undergo Comprehensive Scanning

The English Premiership’s recent discussions on pitch-side assessments for potential concussions in rugby players are inadequate and neglectful. Protocols alone are of little value without establishing a baseline record for each player during the off-season. Athletes in various sports, including rugby, football, boxing, horse racing, polo, biking, and more, should undergo regular brain scans.

When a player sustains a head injury or a significant impact, they should be sidelined until a second scan is conducted. The results of these two scans should be compared, and records should be maintained for future reference, especially if players encounter long-term issues like dementia in later life. It is imperative for all sporting organizations to acknowledge their responsibility in caring for their athletes and performers, even beyond their retirement.


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