'Silent epidemic' of brain damage and dementia caused by concussion in rugby and other sports
Sportsmen and experts including Barry O’Driscoll, the former medical adviser to the International Rugby Board, have warned of the dangers of head injuries in the film Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis. O’Driscoll, who resigned from the IRB medical advisory board two years ago in protest at its handling of head injuries, cites the treatment of his own nephew, Brian O’Driscoll, as evidence of the problem. The Ireland star was allowed to return to the pitch after suffering concussion during a match against France in March last year. “If that had been allowed in the United States, during an American football match, then the officials involved would have been sacked,” he says in the documentary.