Slater and Gordon backs testing calls for NRL players

Slater and Gordon is supporting calls for the NRL to provide testing and earlier intervention as more players come forward with serious brain injuries.

Slater and Gordon Head of Medical Law Tim Cummings said the league should listen and respond to the calls from its players to do more to earlier diagnose and treat those with concussion or head trauma injuries.

“We are becoming increasingly concerned with the growing incidences of past and current NRL players being diagnosed with brain injuries as a result of concussion,” Mr Cummings said.

“We have and are continuing to review the medical evidence in relation to the prevalence of brain injury in contact sports, particularly the NRL.

“We are also aware of the recent submissions made to the current senate inquiry into concussions and repeated head trauma in contact sports.

“It takes brave individuals to come forward, to speak up for past players, for current players and for the young players with developing brains who may be just starting out playing NRL.

“We want the sport to be safe for everyone, for parents to feel safe about their children playing it and for players to know that they can have a long and safe career.

“We advise those who believe they may have suffered concussion injuries to seek appropriate medical advice in relation to their health and legal advice about their rights,” Mr Cummings said

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