The International Rugby Board instituted greater safety for concussed players by updating their protocol. The trouble is, we cannot find a text of exactly what this new protocol is. Nevertheless the IRB changes are being tested this week by Ireland player Eoin Reddan;
Reddan lasted less than two minutes of the defeat to Wales on Saturday after suffering a concussion just 60 seconds into the game at the Millennium Stadium.
Although he is recovering well he will have to see a neurologist this week as part of the concussion management under the IRB concussion ‘Return to Play’ protocols.
While Reddan has not been ruled out of the England match, Ireland have been boosted by Tomas O’Leary’s return to fitness following a back problem.
We can see that constant monitoring of the injured, along with further clearance from a neurologist is part of this protocol. Reddan is most high profile athlete to take part in the new IRB ‘rules’ with concussions. It will be interesting to see how Reddan and rugby deal with this. The next match, versus England, is scheduled for Sunday.
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