Media representation of concussion management in rugby league could affect public understanding of appropriate medical care, according to a new study by Monash University researchers.
A study analysing television footage of the 2010 National Rugby League examined how injuries to the head were managed with respect to return-to-play procedures. It found 60% of injured players continued playing following apparent mild traumatic brain injury (concussion), one of the most common injuries in contact sport.
Sports administrators, fans and even commentators tend to praise athletes who stay on the field after sustaining a head injury. But early return to play could result in slower brain recovery or exacerbate symptoms including dizziness and loss of memory and, in some instances, it ca mean permanent brain damage.