Coinciding with International Brain Awareness Week (13- 19 March 2006), The George Institute for International Health will launch the second phase of a large-scale study on mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) among non-elite rugby union and league players in Sydney.
The study will provide the evidence upon which guidelines/policies can be developed that manage a player’s return to the sporting field following a concussion. Last year, more than 1200 rugby players from various schools and clubs around Sydney were observed throughout the season. Research staff investigated the rate of mTBI and assessed the risk and protective factors for injury and recovery. Sydney schools and clubs are encouraged to participate in the recruitment for the second season of the study, which begins this month.
Professor Mark Stevenson, Director of Injury Prevention and Trauma Care at The George Institute said there is an immediate need for a study of this kind, “The guidelines that currently exist for players who sustain a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury are inconsistent.”
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