I did raise the matter of head injuries in a letter to this parent paper following the Whitehead 'biting' incident, where he was suspended for five games. The biting incident followed Whitehead having been knocked unconscious just before the incident. Although Bradford presented a brain scan showing that Whitehead had suffered some brain changes due to the tackle, the disciplinary panel chose to ignore it. It is known with the fact that we have highly trained athletes that many collisions have the same intensity as a car crash. The first question raised following a road smash is, were you unconscious at the time? If you were you will have 24 hours supervision, this is due to many patients suffering brain damage.
I am a clinical researcher, and many research papers have revealed brain damage in many physical sports. Certainly the Olympic authorities are well aware of this, although most severe cases have been in the winter games, and USA are among the leaders in this research. Some of my colleagues are working on collapsing scrums, which of course is union, and primarily was based on spinal injuries, but I now understand that head injuries will be covered.
I am pleased that at last a national newspaper is covering head injuries, because my observations on the subject is that players are placing their bodies in future danger, and team coaches are very reluctant to remove players from the game in tight fixtures.