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Rugby and concussion: Are big hits bringing big headaches?

Under the previous IRB approach, any player suspected of suffering from concussion had to leave the pitch and take a week off, a period already reduced from three weeks under an earlier rule. The new guidelines say a player can return to the game just five minutes after the injury, providing a medical inspection clears him of concussion.

“For someone with suspected concussion, all the top scientists say you take them off and watch them that night,” says O’Driscoll, who played in the 1971 Five Nations Championship.

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