Derbyshire, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/10/2014 -- The hugely popular Six Nations Rugby Championship sees national teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales engage in one of the world’s most aggressive contact sports. Concussions are a common injury amongst players, as was demonstrated this season, with Australia’s George Smith and Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll suffering knocks to their heads, leading to concussions.
Nrgize Health and Fitness, a Derby Sports Injury Clinic that treats a number of sports people for concussion are striving to educate sports people and athletes as to what concussion actually is and on how to treat the injury effectively. Nrgize Health and Fitness sports massage therapist, Jenny Flowers explains; “A concussion is defined as a sudden but short-lived loss of mental function that occurs after a blow or other injury to the head”. Symptoms can include a brief loss of consciousness, memory loss, confusion and disturbed vision, blurry eyes or ‘seeing stars’. “Here at Nrgize, we strongly recommend that you do not let an injury go untreated and start the sports rehabilitation process early”, added Jenny.
As to whether rugby layers should continue on the field after suffering a concussion, in September last year, the Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment (PSCA) was initiated, allowing medics to remove the injured player from the pitch for five minutes into a room in the stadium to carry out further diagnostic concussion tests.
For advice on managing concussions and for sports rehabilitation advice, either call Nrgize’s Derby Sports Injury Clinic on 01332 650 340 or visit www.nrgize.me.uk.
Nrgize Health and Fitness
Unit A1 & A2
Tel: 01332 650 340