Concussion Study Under Way With Jockeys

Concussion is to the fore again with the launch of a groundbreaking new study into the long term impact on those participating in contact sport.

New research and screening will explore the effect of repeated concussions and head injuries. It will build on research carried out by the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation since 2015.

UPMC, which came on board last month as a long term partner of the GAA and Gaelic Players Association runs a national network of medical professionals who can tap into research and learning through its own US-based international network.

This new research will involve screening at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin and will initially focus on the recruitment of Jockeys.

Ruby Walsh was on hand to launch the project yesterday and hand over a cheque for €50,000 from fundraising undertaken by the long-established Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.

The focus is on long term rather than short term impact and will expand to other sports including rugby and boxing in time.

Last week it emerged that All Black rugby players in New Zealand were being asked to consider a post mortem donation of their brains to a study in that country amid rising concern over the number of reported concussions in junior players.

Thankfully this Irish study will focus on the living.

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