the Rugby football league is about to introduce measures to combat the effects of concussions in gambling.
It will also include research on mouthguards to scientifically measure blows to the head.
A recommendation from the Sport Clinical Advisory Group saw the RLF board to change return-to-play protocols.
This means that players who fail concussion tests during games or training will not be allowed to replay for at least 11 days, down from seven previously.
More severe penalties will also be imposed for strikes, head butts, kicks and late kicks.
What will the research on the mouthguard look at?
Meanwhile, RFL is preparing to launch a game-wide research project to quantify shock and head acceleration exposures in sports with the goal of improving understanding and reducing risk. future.
It follows a pilot study in 2021 when players from Leeds and Salford wore instrumented mouthguards to measure head impact exposures and how tackle technique and height influence head acceleration load.
Goalkeepers, which are microchipped and relay data to medical staff on the sidelines, have also been used by Premiership rugby clubs.
Professor Ben Jones, Principal Investigator at Leeds Beckett and Strategic Head of Performance and Research in the RLF‘s England Performance Unit, spoke to the PA news agency on the matter.
He said: “The TaCKLE pilot study was the most comprehensive validity study in the world.
“The study generated the data we needed to measure the efficiency and accuracy of a range of instrumented mouthguards.
“We are now ready to begin the three-year research project.
“We are working closely with other sports who also recognize the importance of research in this area and are interested in the project, in large part because we will be monitoring both male and female players from different sections of the Rugby league. ”