Tony Dunne: he suffered with dementia over the last 12 to 18 months of his life. Photograph: Getty Images

A prominent Dublin neurologist has criticised the reluctance of sports organisations to take more precautionary action in relation to long-term brain (...)

 A memorial for NFL legend Junior Seau in San Diego, California. File photograph: Getty Images

Cautionary tale Junior Seau was the epitome of an NFL linebacker. A 12-time Pro Bowler for the Chargers, the Dolphins and the Patriots, Seau is the c(...)

Dr Willie Stewart: says this has to be a defining moment for rugby. “American Football was faced with the same challenge a decade or so ago. The contact area was the problem so they just changed the rules and removed as much of the contact as possible.”

In response to rugby’s “huge wake-up call”, as the Rugby Players’ Association CEO Damian Hopley described it, Dr Willie Stewart, the world’s foremost (...)

The research  discovered that footballers were three and a half  times more likely to die of neurodegenerative disease than age-matched members of the general population

Heading in soccer should be reduced in the professional game, not just in the under-12s, according to the leader of an influential study which found a(...)

Dr Martin Raftery, chief medical officer for World Rugby: ‘Dr Omalu is entitled to have an opinion but that’s exactly what it is, his opinion.’ Photo: Getty Images

Following Dr Bennet Omalu’s interview with The Irish Times on June 3rd, when the neuropathologist renowned for his work on chronic traumatic encephalo(...)

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(...)