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World Rugby Enters Mouthguard Study to Reduce Head Injury |  Rugby news


A New Zealand-based study will examine the results of individually designed mouthguards that assess the impact of challenges; a similar mouthguard is already being tested by rugby union and rugby league clubs in England and Wales

Last update: 03/31/21 9:30 p.m.

World Rugby Chief Medical Officer Dr Eanna Falvey supported the mouthguard study

World Rugby has embarked on a new study using mouthguards that it believes could be a game-changer in head injury prevention.

The study of community play, which will involve more than 700 male and female players from under 13 to adult level, will be led by academics from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

World Rugby claims that the individually designed mouthguards have an impact recording accuracy of 95%.

Professional rugby union and rugby league clubs in England and Wales use a mouthguard from another company to monitor impacts during matches and practices.

The same company is also conducting a trial at Premier League football clubs Liverpool and Manchester City using a device designed specifically for footballers.

World Rugby faces legal action from a group of nine former professional players suffering from dementia premature, which they claim is due to their exposure to head injuries during their careers.

The global governing body has introduced a new head contact process to try to reduce cases of head injuries from dangerous games, and hopes studies like New Zealand’s can help it better. understand the different forces of impacts.

World Rugby Enters Mouthguard Study to Reduce Head Injury |  Rugby news

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Research to understand the increased risk of head injuries in sport is ‘frightening’ for former rugby players, but vital for improving the sport, says retired Wales international Nic Evans.

Research to understand the increased risk of head injuries in sport is ‘frightening’ for former rugby players, but vital for improving the sport, says retired Wales international Nic Evans.

World Rugby Chief Medical Officer Dr Eanna Falvey said: “The well-being of the players remains our top priority.

“By continually drawing on research and partnering with research, we can make evidence-based decisions that will advance our understanding of injuries in sport and, more importantly, inform actions we can take to. reduce them.

“We have been monitoring instrumented mouthguard technology for some time, and rapid advancements in sensitivity can now distinguish between a head bump, jumping or screaming for example, which is important for the integrity of the mouthpiece. the research.

The announcement was made at the World Rugby Player Laws and Welfare Symposium.

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