Concussions are considered a regular risk in contact sports, but according to a 2018 report from Statistics Canada, 1 in 2 Canadians have little or no knowledge about concussions. According to the report, only 15% can properly treat it, leading to major sports organizations developing concussion protocols.
Rugby Canada High Performance director Dustin Hopkins confirms that Rugby Canada and World Rugby do have proper protocols in place
“Our players going into international tournaments have to go into head injury assessment or HIA, where athletes are pre-inspected.” -Dustin Hopkins, Rugby Canada High Performance director
In Canada and the U.S., concussion research has come a long way, but for international players like Cudmore that isn’t always the case. Rugby teams from the French Rugby League and Australia’s National Rugby League have not addressed concussion related issues within the organization.
None of the allegations in this case have not been proven in court.
For more from Cudmore on how he feels about concussions in sports, you can listen below.