Wales winger Liam Williams receives treatment after sustaining a head injuring during the World Cup match against England. He sat out the next match against Fiji before returning for the final pool game against Australia. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

This past week the concussion conversation zeroed in around the acronym HIA. Two medical experts – Dr Barry O’Driscoll and Dr Willie Stewart – believ(...)

The late Ben Robinson before a match with the Carrickfergus Grammar rugby team. Ben, 14, lost his life after repeated head injuries suffered during a match for his school in an Ulster Under-15 competition. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress Belfast

On January 29th, 2011, 14-year-old Ben Robinson played rugby for his school. After being treated three times for blows to the head and sent back to th(...)

Concussion is no longer the preserve of very aggressive professional boxing and American football.

When Kilkenny’s Richie Power was taken off on a stretcher after suffering a collision in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final aga(...)

Brian O’Driscoll went back on the pitch during the Six Nations game against France last season despite having stitches to a wound in his ear, suffering a dead leg and reportedly after a  concussion. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland’s Six Nations match against France in March of this year was compelling and curious in a number of ways, not least of all that the paths of B(...)