Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Better to Let Children Play; Benefits of Team Sport Outweigh Risks

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Better to Let Children Play; Benefits of Team Sport Outweigh Risks

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

THE benefits of team sport far outweigh the risks of serious injury, the first comprehensive study on concussion in junior sport has revealed.

But the study, by University of the Sunshine Coast researcher Amanda Clacy, has also shown not enough precautions are taken when a team player is concussed on the field.

Ms Clacy's research involved more than 300 rugby union players and more than 60 other members of the rugby community, including parents, coaches and club administration.

She focused on the antecedents, behaviours, consequences and socio-ecological factors of sport-related concussion.

The findings, presented at the USC last night, even surprised her.

"It showed yes, concussion is bad, it's scary, but here are the facts (about the benefits) so parents can make an objective decision," she said.

Of the 300 players interviewed, 29% had experienced some form of concussion during the game.

But none of the players smoked and less than 10% of the 14 to 17-year-olds drank alcohol on a regular basis. …

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