O’Driscoll, a former Ireland international player and uncle of current Ireland international Brian, held various positions related to medicine, anti-doping and discipline with the International Rugby Board over a period of 15 years.
But he cut all ties with the body a year ago, in part because of his opposition to the introduction of the "five-minute rule". The rule means players can return to the field of play after a serious head injury if they pass a short assessment on the sideline.
LeeroyJones wrote: »
I feel like I'm being 100% naive here for suggesting something so simple, but here it goes.
Can the IRB, 6 Nations, Rugby Championship, ERC, Super Rugby etc. just appoint an independent doctor to each fixture who has nothing whatsoever to do with any team/player involved in the fixture?
I feel as though the medical staff at these teams are being put under too much pressure, medically & morally, by their coaching colleagues to get players fit and on the field. This is not to say that the coach's are being immoral, they're no doctors, but what they are demanding just might not be feasible which puts the Doctors in the awkward position.
If there was an independent Doctor he/she could just call an injury as it is; pretty much as though as if it was any other patient coming into an A&E. The coaches don't like it, tough sh*t - Independent Doctor has the final call.
This would not undermine the team's medical staff either. By all means allow them be the first to treat a player; at the end of the day they know the player's medical/injury history etc. But if it were to come down to big decisions regarding injuries, or indeed Bloodgate-esque matters, the Independent Doctor has the official call.
This is an issue in urgent need to be addressed clearly.
dregin wrote: »
I think the concussion test is carried out by an independent party. Not sure whether or not they're a medical professional, though.
emmet02 wrote: »
'Independent' in rugby doesn't really exist.
Independent citing commissioners are a nice example.
"Well, yeah, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man"
.ak wrote: »
You can be knocked out without being concussed, right?
Buer wrote: »
Rory Lamont's comments recently have put a renewed focus on this area. I'm glad a former international came out and confirmed what we already knew. Players are under massive pressure to get themselves on the field and, if they don't they feel that they will damage their careers and the relationship with their coaches. They end up cheating the concussion tests. We've heard this before though so we probably won't see any movement on it.
He cites a couple of examples where his injuries were downplayed including where he played for Scotland with a hamstring injury but felt he couldn't rule himself out despite not being fit as it would have an impact on his future selection. He had to be taken off at half time.
More condemning is the claim that Toulon refused him a scan and he ended up going through the entire season there with a broken bone. If true, that's negligence bordering on malpractice.
TheGoldenAges wrote: »
Unfortunately it seems the IRB has almost ignored this issue completely in my eyes and the 5 minute concussion bin is a joke. How supposed "experts" in their field can see this as enough time to deduce if a player has concussion is laughable.
CatFromHue wrote: »
To play Devil's Advocate for a bit have the IRB ignored the issue.
It wasn't that long ago when substitutions weren't allowed in the game and in the 90's early 00's the game wasn't half as physical as it was now. It was an out of the ordinary occurance for a player to get concussed in a game. It did happen all right but not to the same level as it is now. Now you see the medical staff on the touchlines ready to run onto the pitch but 5 years ago this wasn't the case.
I don't the concussion bin is a great idea either and don't think it works.