Concussion test has profound implications

A new test to diagnose head injuries pitch-side won’t eradicate the problem, but it could make rugby safer

27th January, 2019

Normally, previewing a Six Nations tournament would be all about on-field analysis, but given the concussion problem hanging over rugby, the recent breakthrough from a Birmingham University neurological unit may well be of more long-term significance to the sport than who wins the 2019 trophy.

After a decade of intensive concussion research, the Birmingham Concussion Test, as it is called, has finally been developed by a team led by academic neurosurgeon Professor Tony Belli. There are...

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