Campaigners say rugby’s concussion stand-down extension ‘long overdue’

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  • Minimum recovery time will increase to 12 days from July
  • Campaigners welcome change although not ‘perfect solution’

Player welfare campaigners have welcomed World Rugby’s decision to extend the minimum stand-down period for most concussed elite-level players to 12 days from 1 July but have also called it “long overdue” and said it is “not the perfect solution” to the game’s ongoing head injury-related issues.

Until now players have been allowed to return to play after seven days if they satisfy a series of graduated protocols. But from next month it will be forbidden for concussed individuals to play again the following weekend unless they have a satisfactory concussion history and have also received a specific all‑clear by an independent specialist.

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Written by Robert Kitson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jun/21/decision-to-extend-stand-down-period-for-concussed-players-long-overdue under the title “Campaigners say rugby’s concussion stand-down extension ‘long overdue’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.