Virtual reality headsets trialed to test rugby concussions

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Virtual reality headsets are going to be trialed in Super Rugby to test concussions.

The virtual reality headset is designed to track and test a player’s eye movements. Results will then be measured with a base test undertaken by all players before the season.

This will help coaches and officials create a more accurate Head Injury Assessment (HIA) process and better identify concussion.

Concussion has been a big issue in contacts sports such as Rugby and Rugby League.

 In December, several former players signed a letter to bring legal action against World Rugby over an alleged failure to protect them from the risks caused by concussions. 

The NRL is taking a much harder approach to the issue, enforcing a major crack down on high tackles. Fourteen players were sin binned and three sent off in last weekend’s ‘Magic Round’ alone.

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