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SBD Global/June 11, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Rugby Union Becomes First Code To Appoint Concussion Specialist

The Australian Rugby Union "has become the first code to appoint a full-time 'Concussion Specialist' on its staff, and will post a doctor on the sideline of all Test matches to specifically watch for head knocks," according to Iain Payten of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Former Stormers and Brumbies physician Dr. Ryan Kohler "is the new ARU Concussion supremo, with a job to develop, implement and monitor concussion guidance at community level, and consult with team doctors at all levels." All Tests in Australia "will have a doctor tasked 'solely on the assessment of concussion,' and the medical officer will have access to a TV monitor and replays to investigate possible head knocks." The concussion doctor "will effectively be a second set of independent eyes, sitting alongside the match-day doctor who is tasked with assessing players under the current Pitch-side Suspected Concussion Assessment" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 6/10).
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