Irwin Mitchell has welcomed the announcement that Hawk-Eye technology will be used at the Rugby World Cup to assess the severity of head injuries.
World Rugby has confirmed that the Hawk-Eye SMART replay technology will be used to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the television match official (TMO) decision-making process, as well as to help medics identify and review head impacts.
Brett Gosper, chief executive of World Rugby, said the move would have “clear benefits for the match official team, the medical team and fans around the world”, adding that “the integrity of player welfare” is central to the sport.
Sports injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have applauded the decision to use the technology at the tournament which starts next month and is being hosted by England and Wales.
“Concussion in sport as an issue has been discussed widely now for several years and it is very welcome to see clubs in a range of sports and also professional bodies recognise the seriousness of the matter.
“Significant steps forward have been made in the way head injuries and concussions are dealt with, with the implementation of new protocols and regulations aimed at protecting those who take part,” said Ian Christian a partner at the firm.
“We have seen worrying instances when players continue to play after suffering a head injury, which is dangerous in the context of that game but also carries long-term health risks.
“Ultimately, the decision on whether players should continue rests with medical experts, so any technology and service which helps them to do their job and make the best possible decision has to be welcomed.”