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Findings from brain study released

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  • New study finds worse cognitive function in players aged 75+ with a history of multiple concussions

Retired male elite rugby union players aged 50+ who suffered three or more rugby-related concussions during their career have no worse average cognitive function than those who had experienced no, one or two concussions, according to a new study in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

World Rugby launches Tackle Ready to educate players on safe tackle technique

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  • New programme forms key head injury prevention initiative within World Rugby’s six-point player welfare advancement strategy 
  • All coaches at all levels will have access to a five-stage framework for coaching effective technique that promotes prevention
  • World Rugby and national unions currently examining tackle height limits in key closed trials to aid welfare outcomes

World Rugby unveils six-point plan to cement ambition to be the most progressive sport on player welfare

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  • Former players, current players and a specific focus on the women’s game at the heart of six-point action plan developed by the game, for the game
  • World Rugby to continue to engage, listen and consult to secure the future growth of the game – everyone in the game will have a say and role to play
  • First series of initiatives include new global law trials with a continued focus on player welfare, introduced from 1 August; and the introduction of Independent Concussion Consultants to support the elite game’s Graduated Return to Play protocols
  • World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont addresses rugby family in open letter

Independent Concussion Consultants to be introduced to support Graduated Return to Play process in elite rugby

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World Rugby has announced details of a major programme that will further objective care of elite players returning to play following a confirmed concussion.

Starting this month, a panel of Independent Concussion Consultants (ICC) will be made available to the game to provide independent expert opinion on whether a player should return to play following the successful completion of the six-stage Graduated Return to Play process for elite competitions. The panel of ICC experts will be funded by World Rugby.

PFA And FIFPRO Call On IFAB To Trial Temporary Concussion Substitutes

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Since the beginning of IFAB’s permanent concussion substitute trial, we have seen several incidents where the new laws of the game have fallen short of their objective and jeopardised player health and safety. We write to ask for the existing trial to be extended in order to test in parallel temporary concussion substitutions as soon as possible.

World Rugby and International Rugby Players launch global brain health education campaign

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  • New Brain Health Initiative reflects commitment to educate and support current and former elite players who might be concerned about their wellbeing and brain health 
  • Global initiative includes new videos featuring leading independent experts outlining 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia and how rugby can play a positive role in reducing many of these 
  • Campaign launched at World Rugby Medical Commission Conference as part of World Rugby’s ongoing engagement with member unions, local healthcare authorities and brain health experts to advance player welfare across the rugby family 

Welfare-focused rugby law trials to be implemented globally

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  • Rugby united in its ongoing commitment to enhance welfare outcomes
  • Five welfare-focused trials to be adopted globally from 1 August, 2021
  • Truly collaborative process has involved players, coaches, competitions and medics
  • Players and competitions welcome trial
  • Outcomes will be evaluated in 2022 in inform decision on adoption into law

Welfare-focused rugby law trials to be implemented globally

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  • Rugby united in its ongoing commitment to enhance welfare outcomes
  • Five welfare-focused trials to be adopted globally from 1 August, 2021
  • Truly collaborative process has involved players, coaches, competitions and medics
  • Players and competitions welcome trial
  • Outcomes will be evaluated in 2022 in inform decision on adoption into law

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