Concussion in sport: final evidence session and direction of travel

In the morning of Tuesday 25 May Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston MP appeared before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for the last of its oral evidence sessions in the concussion in sport inquiry. He gave an assured performance and offered some useful indications that his Department’s (DCMS) engagement on this important topic was covering very similar concerns to those of the Committee and was focused on the better coordination of medical research, the use of technology, and on education for amateur and elite players. My colleague David Spencer, BLM’s Head of Sport, has reported on the outcome of each of the previous oral evidence sessions, which you can read on the blog here.

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Concussion in sport: The Home Straight?

The Digital Media Culture and Sport Select Committee’s (DMCSSC) fourth formal meeting took place on 18 May to address concussion in sport, the recording of which can be accessed here.

There remains no confirmed date for publication of the Committee’s report, nor any hint that further oral hearings will take place; in fact, the inquiry’s web page still refers to it being heard over two sessions. This fourth session adopted a more relaxed approach than we have previously seen, with a reduced panel of witnesses and a shorter session concluded by evidence from another inquiry. Overall, it gives the impression that the evidence gathering phase is slowing to a stop.

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Concussion in sport: They thought it was all over… is it now?

On 27 April, the Digital Media Culture and Sport Select Committee (DMCSSC) reconvened for a third oral hearing to address concussion in sport, the recording of which can be accessed here.  Originally planned to be a two hearing process, this latest session appears to have been convened at the request of the witnesses. Their evidence was taken in two panel sessions, the first involving player representatives:

  • Damian Hopley MBE, Chief Executive at The Rugby Players Association
  • Paul Struthers, Director at Professional Players Federation
  • Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive at Professional Footballers Association

and the second involving specialist clinicians:

  • Dr John Etherington CBE, Medical Director & Consultant Rheumatologist at Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK
  • Dr Richard Sylvester, Consultant Neurologist at Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health
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