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Thursday, 11 July 2019

NRL condemned over Morgan concussion


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A leading concussion expert has hit out at the NRL over the Michael Morgan head knock incident in Wednesday night’s State of Origin decider.

Dr Adrian Cohen, from the Headsafe program and concussion researcher at the University of Sydney, is fuming that Morgan was sent for an HIA test when he was knocked senseless by ‘friendly fire’ by an elbow from fellow Queenslander Josh McGuire.

Dr Cohen says Morgan was so badly concussed that he should have gone straight to the showers and not gone through the protocol of the HIA.

“Previously I have applauded the NRL’s intentions, and still do,  but tough words need to be followed by consistent actions,” Dr Cohen said.

“These actions are not consistent with their own policies.

“It send the message that even if you are clearly knocked out, we might still assess you via the HIA and bring you back on.

"This leads to abuse of the intention to get you off the field and out of harm’s away and make you miss at least the mandatory one week.

“The fact that Morgan did not “pass” the HIA and did not return was a small consolation.

“What messages are the NRL sending, when they say they are ‘getting tough’.

“Where is the consistency?”

A leading concussion expert has hit out at the NRL over the Michael Morgan head knock incident in Wednesday night’s State of Origin decider.

Dr Adrian Cohen, from the Headsafe program and concussion researcher at the University of Sydney, is fuming that Morgan was sent for an HIA test when he was knocked senseless by ‘friendly fire’ by an elbow from fellow Queenslander Josh McGuire.

Dr Cohen says Morgan was so badly concussed that he should have gone straight to the showers and not gone through the protocol of the HIA.

“Previously I have applauded the NRL’s intentions, and still do,  but tough words need to be followed by consistent actions,” Dr Cohen said.

“These actions are not consistent with their own policies.

“It send the message that even if you are clearly knocked out, we might still assess you via the HIA and bring you back on.

"This leads to abuse of the intention to get you off the field and out of harm’s away and make you miss at least the mandatory one week.

“The fact that Morgan did not “pass” the HIA and did not return was a small consolation.

“What messages are the NRL sending, when they say they are ‘getting tough’.

“Where is the consistency?”

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