Con­cus­sion in­vest­ment

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

THE NRL has ramped up its ef­forts into tackling con­cus­sion by team­ing up with Har­vard for a new study de­scribed as one of the big­gest of its kind in the world.

The gov­ern­ing body an­nounced on Tues­day it will pro­vide an ini­tial grant of $250,000 for the Re­tired Pro­fes­sional Rugby League Play­ers Brain Healthy Study.

The fund­ing is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the sam­ple size for re­searchers and comes af­ter 18 months of col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of New­cas­tle.

NRL boss Todd Green­berg her­alded the de­ci­sion that will tip the game’s in­vest­ment into the area of con­cus­sion past $1 mil­lion next sea­son. “This re­search will give ex­perts bet­ter in­sight than ever,” he said.

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