Rugby's early onset dementia scandal

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Re: Rugby's early onset dementia scandal
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2022, 12:45:08 PM »
This is quite shocking.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/08/steve-thompson-former-rugby-union-players-dementia-landmark-legal-case
World Rugby has reacted very well to the CTE issue. Any head contact is now a yellow card and deliberate head contact is now a red card. Any head contact also triggers a head injury assessment with a temporary sub. Thatís about as much as the game can do without changing the sport irreparably. They didnít engage in the NFL denial and delay tactic.

Iíd wager all the CTE cases in this lawsuit were from before the rule change. Iím not saying itís perfect now, but head contact is far less common with the new rules, and when it does happen itís diagnosed on the field and treated more aggressively.


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Re: Rugby's early onset dementia scandal
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2022, 06:24:47 PM »
One question is whether CTE is primarily from direct head contact, as opposed to the indirect force of a full body hit.

I assume direct contact is the main issue, though I also assume repeated full body blows can contribute.