Removing helmets may not be the answer
“We know no other country in the world as interested in concussion management,” proclaimed Chuck Bogosta, president of UMPC international, the leading brain injury treatment facility based in Pittsburgh, at the opening of the national concussion symposium in Croke Park on Saturday.
The IRFU did not attend. Whatever the reason, it feels like an opportunity missed to hear and discuss advancements in the treatment of concussive blows.
On the question of removing helmets from NFL heads as a means of dramatically reducing concussions, the key note speaker Dr Micky Collins, who has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers, replied: “I don’t know if it would help or not because we are kind of talking about rugby in that situation. If we compare rugby and [American] Football we may have fewer instances [of concussion] in rugby but they may be more severe. Taking the helmet off the player would it protect them from using their head as a weapon? No question, we see that all the time but there could be unintended consequences and I am sure there would be. I think it is a little extreme until we have better answers.”