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A new concussion management system will be trialled in English Premiership rugby games this season.

The Aviva Premiership said at the start of the season that it will become the first rugby league in the world to trial real-time pitch-side concussion video review to help team medical staff better identify players who have been exposed to possible head injury.

Funded by the 12 Premiership Rugby clubs and supported by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the myplayXplay system will be used in all 135 Aviva Premiership Rugby matches this season as well as all other senior Premiership club home fixtures in domestic competitions.

Each team will nominate a member of the club´s medical team who will monitor game footage in real-time and capture and clip any suspicious head injury incidents for review by the team doctor.

The doctor will determine whether to remove the player immediately or temporarily to go through the Head Injury Assessment process.

“We have made huge progress on concussion management in the last few years but we know we have to continue to innovate and develop our systems as player welfare is our No 1 priority,” commented Corin Palmer, head of Rugby Operations at Aviva Premiership Rugby.

“Premiership Rugby have sourced and funded the myplayXplay real time concussion surveillance solution for Premiership players in England to ensure that players receive the best possible support from the sidelines.

“The myplayXplay system is ground-breaking and allows our clubs´ medical staff to review and analyse injuries on an iPad moments after they occur; this addition to the sideline toolkit improves their ability to diagnose injuries correctly during a match.”

In addition to this initiative, the RFU and the English professional club game is investigating the value of the King-Devick (KD) test, an eye scanning test to help identify concussed players.

The KD test checks the speed and accuracy of an individual´s eye movements as they track and read out a sequence of numbers presented to them on an iPad. The player´s speed and accuracy are then compared to their pre-season performance.

This test will be conducted on all players undergoing a Head Injury Assessment in all Aviva Premiership Rugby and Green King IPA Championship matches this season.

http://www.premiershiprugby.com/news/concussion-management-boosted-ground-breaking-new-system/