Head Cases

A worrying new study from New Zealand indicates that Concussed rugby players from poor schools are four times as likely to go untreated as those from schools in rich areas,


The chances are that these stats are likely to be repeated in schools in other countries and should be a serious concern.

While rugby has by far the most concussions of any individual sport, it makes up only one in four of secondary school, sport-related concussions,

But overall injury rates were also higher in the poorest schools, at 32 per cent, compared with the average rate of 25 per cent.

Professional rugby now takes concussion and head injuries more seriously – grass roots and schools should be doing the same.


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