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Lack of hockey concussion data is ‘unfortunate oversight at best and alarming at worst’

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

England Hockey hopes to have a better understanding of concussion next season after a brain injury legal specialist said there was “no excuse for a lack of data”.

An investigation by specialist lawyers Bolt Burdon Kemp (BBK) recently found that only one in five popular sports in the UK publish easily accessible concussion data.

England rugby scored the highest for publishing its own concussion data regularly, Netball England the lowest, while hockey listed second alongside cricket and football. However, research says that only rugby has easily accessible concussion data and follows the government’s inquiry into the long-term effects of head injuries in sports.

Ipek Tugcu, senior associate in the Adult Brain Injury Team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, told The Hockey Paper: “The lack of concussion data in hockey as compared to other sports, like rugby or football, is an unfortunate oversight at best and alarming at worst.

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