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.

Reference

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/12/sports-head-injuries-should-all-be-scanned

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/19/under-pressure-do-compression-sports-clothes-really-improve-performance

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