Ex-England captain Lewis Moody urges World Rugby to situation clear guidelines on contact in coaching in bid to chop down on concussions – as he requires ‘extra to be completed and faster’ on bettering participant welfare
- Lewis Moody has known as for obligatory directives on contact coaching limits
- Former Leicester and England star has had his personal battles with head issues
- New guidelines imply a participant with concussion can be stood down for a minimum of 12 days
Lewis Moody has known as on World Rugby to introduce obligatory directives on contact coaching limits in a bid to scale back head accidents and concussions, and enhance participant welfare.
This week, rugby’s governing physique modified their concussion protocols. From July 1, any participant that suffers a concussion can be stood down for no less than 12 days.
Presently, a participant can return to motion seven days after a concussion in the event that they move the return-to-play protocols.
Lewis Moody (above) desires rugby’s governing physique to do extra to enhance participant welfare
Former England captain Moody, who has had his personal battles with head issues, advised Sportsmail: ‘Is rugby doing sufficient on participant welfare? I do not assume so. Extra must be completed and, most significantly, it must be completed faster.
‘I’ve seen World Rugby has introduced in suggestions on the quantity of contact coaching a group ought to do. It is fairly apparent the quantity of contact a participant does within the week is the important thing factor.
‘Folks would possibly hear me say that and assume I am being a hypocrite as a result of I performed for Leicester at a time once we had brutal coaching periods. However the important thing factor is we now have new details about the mind and on head accidents and the way rugby can have an effect on gamers sooner or later.’
Final yr, World Rugby issued steerage which advisable groups do a most of quarter-hour of full contact coaching per week throughout a most of two days. However that and different steerage is a suggestion to groups, not a rule.
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‘It has been attention-grabbing to see Harlequins and Gloucester see an enchancment in efficiency from monitoring coaching masses,’ mentioned Moody.
‘That needs to be the best way ahead and I would wish to see World Rugby situation clear directives on how a lot contact groups ought to be restricted to in per week.
‘I believe the groups ought to have to stay to them for the great of the gamers. It is time for clear guidelines and never simply advisories or trials.’
Lewis Moody is an envoy for The Drake Basis, dedicated to funding analysis into head accidents. Go to: drakefoundation.org