13 November 2014
A team of researchers at USC is investigating how concussion in rugby union players is identified, prevented and treated by people in different roles within the popular sporting code.
USC PhD candidate Amanda Clacy, along with her supervisors Dr Rachael Sharman and Dr Geoff Lovell, are conducting an online survey and want to hear from past and present players of all ages, coaches, parents, partners, referees, medics, club administrators and volunteers with any experience of concussion in rugby union.
"The respondents themselves don't have to have sustained a concussion, as this study is looking at how people identify, prevent, and treat concussion in the role/s they have,” said Amanda.
Originally from Kingaroy, Amanda, 25, grew up with four football playing brothers in a sports-loving community. Although an advocate for the benefits of team sport participation, she is well aware of the need to improve player safety.
“The system of identification, prevention and treatment of concussion has never been researched where the roles of people at all levels of involvement are examined,” said Amanda.
“This study aims to map out who is involved at which stages of head injury in rugby. The more information we can get about what is currently happening from a wide range of people in different roles, the better informed and useful future recommendations and guidelines will be.”
Amanda is conducting the research in collaboration with USC Accident Research (USCAR) Director Professor Paul Salmon and USCAR Research Fellow Dr Natassia Goode.
The anonymous online survey is open and calling for participants now.
— Jane Cameron