Concussion in grassroots rugby will be investigated in a new cutting-edge technology trial which could transform player safety across the globe.
For the first time the impact of collisions, head injuries and recovery time will be explored across an entire amateur season by researchers at the University of Essex working with wearable tech firm PhysiGo and Colchester Rugby Club’
The study comes as the devastating impact of repeated head trauma hits the headlines with some professional players – including England ace Steve Thompson and former Wales captain Ryan Jones – announcing they are suffering from early-onset dementia.
The research team, from Essex’s School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, will record impacts and rotational forces experienced by players using wearable GPS units with embedded artificial intelligence.
The devices combined with rigorous scientific testing will allow Dr Ben Jones to study the first team and youth side across all 22 games of their gruelling season.
Dr Jones, a former England 7’s international who also played scrumhalf for Premiership Rugby sides Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors, said: “This isn’t a case of trying to make the game soft or ruining it for
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