UK government to hold talks with athletes on long-term impact of head injuries

(Reuters) – Previous professional athletes and leaders from significant UK sports will talk about the effect of head injuries and efforts to enhance gamer well-being throughout 2 virtual tops with federal government ministers next week.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden and Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston will lead the roundtable conferences, with guests likewise set to consist of advocates for research study into concussion-related injuries.

Previous Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Les Ferdinand, previous England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and England rugby union World Cup winner Matt Dawson are amongst those welcomed for the very first virtual top on Tuesday.

Previous Spurs and Hull footballer Ryan Mason, who was pushed into early retirement in 2017 after fracturing his skull, will likewise share his experience.

The 2nd virtual conference is anticipated to have senior leaders from governing bodies in football, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, boxing and taekwondo in participation, together with Health and Social Care and Department for Education.

“The safety and wellbeing of everyone taking part in sport is absolutely paramount,” Dowden stated.

“I am worried that this could become a looming problem for British sport, so it’s right we come together, look at the evidence and processes we have and agree a way forward to protect the stars of today and tomorrow.”

Concussions and their long-term results have actually remained in the spotlight because previous gamers submitted a class-action claim versus governing bodies World Rugby, England’s Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) which declares a failure to secure them from the threats.

Numerous have actually been detected with long-term mental retardation, early beginning dementia, anxiety or signs and indications of persistent distressing encephalopathy.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.