The treatment and care of concussion related injuries is viewed as one of the most important and topical issues in rugby to date. With this in mind Restart, the official charity of The Rugby Players Association, invited leading concussion specialist, Chris Nowinski, to present at the recent RPA Players’ Board meeting.
Nowinski, a former college American football player and ex-professional WWE wrestler, is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organisation dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy and research. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis.
“There has been a dramatic change in the United States over the past five years on how we handle concussion and you can see there is a high level of awareness here in the UK and in particular in rugby. The aim of my presentation was to try to give the Player Representatives present the information I wish I’d had whilst still active as a professional sportsman. I want to try and help build a path for the future which allows players to remain healthy while playing the game but also keeps the game healthy.