Rugby concussion plea from father of teenager

Ben Robinson died after suffering a concussion in a rugby match.

His father, Peter Robinson has told BBC's Panorama more must be done to raise awareness of the dangers of the injury. Ben from Northern Ireland fell victim to second-impact syndrome aged 14 after several heavy tackles during a schools game in 2011. Mr Robinson recently told the Belfast Telegraph: "Every time I talk about Ben, it's like reliving it all over again. Second impact syndrome is mismanaged concussion. Incidents have happened since, and they've all been preventable." World Rugby's chief medical officer told the Panorama programme Rugby And The Brain Tackling The Truth that a safety review was under way and that rules may be introduced to cut the risk of concussion. Martin Raftery said: "There's no doubt the biggest area that we know where concussion is going to occur is in the tackle, so that will help us to look at it and see what we can do to make it safer.
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