Concussions fall at Rugby World Cup after new high tackle laws

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has praised “hugely encouraging” player welfare results from World Cup 2019.

A statement released by World Rugby said there was a 28% reduction in the overall incidence of concussion and a 37% drop in tackle concussions at the tournament compared with the average figures from elite events two years ago.

“These hugely encouraging outcomes endorse our unwavering evidence-based commitment to injury prevention, particularly our continued efforts to protect players from concussive events on the rugby field,” World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.

“The significant reduction in concussion incidence provides compelling evidence of what can be achieved when competition owners, match officials, disciplinary officers, players and coaches fully buy in to the High Tackle Sanction Framework.

“Failure to do so can have significant player welfare and performance consequences.”


5 Myths and Misconceptions About Concussions

Whilst the rough and tumble is part of the attraction of a high-impact sport, the consequences of a concussion are not to be undermined.

Researchers recently uncovered that suffering from a concussion in your 20’s can increase the risk of dementia by 60%.

To help raise awareness of this mild brain injury, Samurai Sports have delved into which sports have the highest concussion rates and recommended recovery tips: https://www.samurai-sports.com/concussion-in-sport/

However, here are five Myths and Misconceptions About Concussions:
1.      A helmet will prevent concussion – Helmets can prevent cuts and skull fractures but they are yet to be proven to prevent concussions. 

2.      You need to be hit in the head – As concussions are caused by the internal motion of the brain, they can also be caused by a hit to the neck or chest.

3.      They only occur in high-impact sports – False. You can still receive a concussion in a non-contact sport i.e. basketball, ice-skating and cycling. 

4.      No loss of consciousness means no concussion – In fact, only 10% of concussions occur with a loss of concussions. 

5.      Rest is the best recovery method – You should only rest for the first 24-48 hours before partaking in physical exercise therapy which focuses on gradual training.  

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