Department for Health

Researchers to evaluate a new concussion protocol for rugby

Tue Aug 21 14:39:00 BST 2012

Researchers from the University of Bath have been chosen by the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby to evaluate the trial of a Pitch Side Concussion Assessment, designed to give medical teams more time and a better environment to assess head injuries during play.

Dr Keith Stokes, Dr Grant Trewartha and PhD student Matt Cross from the University’s Department for Health will evaluate the season-long trial of a five-minute temporary replacement and standardised assessment for players with suspected concussion.

Dr Simon Kemp, Head of Sports Medicine at the RFU, said: “The independent evaluation will allow us to assess the effectiveness of the trial and the sensitivity and specificity of the assessment tool.

 

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