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 Castres fullback Romain Teulet is carried off the field with a serious head injury during the Heineken Cup in 2002. Photograph: Getty Images

Sometimes science is slow to catch up. For example, “these guys are getting bigger, aren’t they?” is often heard during the rugby Six Nations, but now(...)

 Owen Farrell in action for Saracens in their Champions Cup match at Allianz Park, London, on October 20th. Photograph:   Steven Paston/PA Wire

Enough is enough Is this the moment rugby finally eats itself? The dinner table has certainly been set. Recently, information leaked from Saracens t(...)

Dr Micky Collins, executive director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC): “There is clearly something wrong but we don’t know if concussion is the only variable in some of the scary things we are seeing.”  Photograph: by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

A fundamental disagreement in how brain injuries should be treated exists between leading US experts and what was agreed at last year’s international (...)

“If sub-concussive blows are the problem then there are big implications for the way the game is played. All games.”

A study of rugby playing teenagers has discovered sub-concussive blows can cause brain injury. Trinity College research group, led by Dr Colin Doher(...)

Irish international rugby player Gordon D’Arcy,   Rejuvenate Ireland organiser Calodagh McCumiskey and the Indian ambassador Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

How we can make contact sports safer will be explored in a live-streamed public talk tonight at 6pm. Dr Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who (...)

Dr Bennet Omalu: the forensic pathologist turned the pugilist moniker “punch drunk” into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), following the autopsy of  Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Webster’s brain. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Dr Bennet Omalu’s recent appearance on TMZ – the trashiest corner of tabloidism – was motivated by a need to defend Gisele Bündchen. For 42 seconds o(...)

In a recent Champions Cup match, the HIA was completed successfully in under four minutes by Leinster’s Johnny Sexton. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport will not recommend current Head Injury Assessment (HIA) as best practice for other spor(...)

Ben Robinson died as a result of second impact syndrome suffered in a match for Carrickfergus Grammar School in Januray 2011.

This will be the third occasion Karen Walton and Peter Robinson enter a courtroom on behalf of their son Benjamin. By issuing civil proceedings again(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy leaves the field with concussion during  a Heineken Cup match: the graduated return-to-play protocol enabled a team’s medical staff to declare a player fit to return to duty after six days. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Referees reported 26 suspected concussions in 425 matches during the 2014-15 Ulster Bank League (UBL), according to a memo from the IRFU to referees s(...)

Clongowes hooker John Moloney throws in at a lineout during the warm-up to the Leinster    Schools Senior Cup quarter-final against St Michael’s at Donnybrook. Photograph:   Colm O’Neill/Inpho

World Rugby, formerly the International Rugby Board, is clear about head injuries. It says that if a player is suspected of having a head injury th(...)

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