According to media reports, the world rugby governing body and the national associations of England and Wales are being sued by over 100 former players.
As the AP and PA news agencies reported on Monday (07/25/2022), former professionals accused unions of not being adequately protected from permanent damage caused by injuries sustained during their careers. The plaintiffs also include former national players. Some of them suffer from early onset dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, in which brain cells degenerate.
“This lawsuit is not just about monetary compensation,” According to a statement from the attorney’s office Rylands Legalwho filed a class action lawsuit. “It’s also about making the sport safe and making sure current and former players are tested so that they can get clinical help if they have a brain injury.” According to Rylands, they represent over 185 rugby players aged 30 to 60.
Rugby is not the first sport to discuss head injuries and potential long-term damage. North American football league nfl After deferring the lawsuits of thousands of former and injured players nine years ago, the professional league has so far paid more than 800 million euros in compensation.
Even in football, the health consequences of a header or collision have recently come into focus. The first measures have been taken. Among other things, headball for children is banned in England and the United States.