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Top doctors claim rugby authorities are ‘in denial’ over the dangers of concussion

Scientists researching the effect of concussion on the brain claim that rugby’s authorities are in a state of denial about the ‘almost incontrovertible’ evidence of a link between repeated  concussion and the development of degenerative conditions.

In a pioneering study, Dr Michael J Grey, reader in Motor Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Tony Belli, a consultant neurosurgeon at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, are investigating the state of the brain after a concussion using cutting-edge technology funded by the British Medical Association and the National Institute for Health Research. 

Having already undertaken research into the effects of  traumatic brain injuries in sportsmen and women, they are alarmed by rugby’s refusal to admit that repeated concussion can lead to long-term brain damage.

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