Ex-Scottish rugby players to be offered brain health MOT at Murrayfield | Rugby Union News


Scottish Rugby is offering the pilot service to former players as part of its commitment to their welfare; it will be held in Murrayfield and will be moderated by Professor Craig Ritchie of the University of Edinburgh; invitations to ex-male and female players will start going out this week

Last update: 27/04/22 15:37

Invitations for the pilot program are expected to go out this week

Former Scottish rugby players should be given the option of receiving a brain health MOT.

Scottish Rugby is offering the pilot service to former players as part of its commitment to their welfare.

It will be held in Murrayfield and will be moderated by Professor Craig Ritchie from the University of Edinburgh. Invitations to ex-male and female players will start going out this week, the union said.

The investigation process involves three stages, with the patient being seen by the clinician two to three times over a period of several months.

The service will be offered in Murrayfield

The service will be offered in Murrayfield

The clinic concept is intended to be extended to former players in a range of contact sports, and eventually to the general public.

Scottish Rugby said it worked with Brain Health Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and World Rugby to establish the clinic.

Scottish Rugby chief medical officer Dr James Robson said: “I am delighted that we are now ready to invite former Scottish players to the Murrayfield Brain Health Pilot Clinic.

“Our first discussions about opening such a clinic began over two years ago and it was only thanks to the vision and commitment of our colleagues at Brain Health Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland, the University of Edinburgh World Rugby and NHS Scotland that we can now begin to provide this unique service, first to former players and hopefully in the future to the general public.

“While much is known about physical and mental health, the health of our brains is an area we continue to learn more about and the clinic is a revolutionary and essential step in deepening this understanding and supporting those who have played rugby when they come into later life.”




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