Research into head injuries sustained in playing rugby is welcomed by Welsh legends
The International Rugby Board has launched a long term study into the effects of head injuries sustained by rugby players. The Board acknowledges that there is a potential link between repetitive traumatic brain injuries that can be sustained through prolonged playing and then players later in life developing conditions such as dementia.
In a statement the Board said “Rugby acknowledges the relevance of research into the long-term effects of repeated blows to the head, particularly CTE (a neurological degenerative disease found in those who have had repetitive traumatic brain injuries) and is being proactive.
“Currently, there is no scientific link between a single or even two concussion events and long-term brain injury but the IRB has been proactive in launching a long-term study in 2012 with the University of Auckland.”
This movement by the IRB has been welcomed by numerous Welsh Rugby legends who have spoken out for the first time about their relief that this issue is now being addressed after this new research suggested a link with dementia.