Players back new concussion programme

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Pioneering changes to the way concussion is managed across professional rugby in England will result in a significant step forward in players’ attitudes, according to Harlequins prop Mark Lambert.

A joint venture between Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and The Rugby Players Association (RPA) has produced a comprehensive package of processes designed to improve understanding on the treatment of concussion.

The first element focuses on enhancing awareness and education of the injury through a compulsory online module to be taken by all registered professional players, coaches and referees.

The interactive programme lays out what concussion is and how to recognise the symptoms alongside the consequences of the injury and how to manage it effectively.

Failure to complete the module will initially result in a fine with the added option of suspending a player, coach or official until they have taken it.

Lambert, who is Quins’ representative on the RPA Players’ Board, insists this module is an essential development in capitalising on a growing shift in the ethos of professionals.

“The RPA are there to give the players a strong voice in the professional game and at the moment the biggest issue is concussion, the way it’s managed and the education around it,