Scottish rugby has become somewhat of a surrogate for the problems in rugby when dealing with the current concussion issue. Scotland certainly is not the only place this has become and issue (even though the IRB would like to tell you so); and this issue of concussions and sport seem similar in nature to what we have seen here in the States with American Football.
The uproar all began when a former player, Roy Lamont, made it known that he thinks/knows that players were both “sandbagging” and deliberately deceiving concussion test in order to remain playing;
Players regularly pass the tests. In many cases that is because they cheat,” revealed Lamont. “Players all talk about it. A test is done at the start of the season as a baseline test, and players who suffer from concussion have to return to that level to be passed fit to play.
“But some players will deliberately do stuff in the baseline test so that their results are low, making it easier to pass after concussion. And I’ve seen players carrying concussion into games. They’d come off a fairly straightforward tackle, but be sitting on the ground, starting into space for a few seconds.”
Interestingly Lamont’s comments were in response to an incident where a player was not sent off for concussion even though he exhibited overt signs; Continue reading