Published on 19/09/2023
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Sports Concussion
  • Managing Sports Concussion – How we can make the right impact? will look at the new rules, myths and legal uncertainties around it
  • It’ll be hosted by Aston Law School’s Kris Lines, a former senior coach in trampolining, gymnastics and cheerleading
  • The event will take place in Café Artum at Hockley Social Club on Thursday 28 September from 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

Society matters LIVE is set to return to Hockley Social Club in Birmingham with a live talk around sports concussion.

This live event on Thursday 28 September is free to attend and brought to you through a collaboration between Aston University and Café Artum at Hockley Social Club.

Managing Sports Concussion - How we can make the right impact? will explain the new rules, the myths and where there are still legal uncertainties going forward.

In April 2023, the Government set out a new national approach to preventing concussion and brain injury within sport. This policy pulls together the latest protocols and medical science, but just what exactly are these protocols, and does this mean that the sports we know and love have to change forever? Can we still head a ball, or play full-contact rugby, and do we have to wear a helmet to cheerlead safely?

The talk will be hosted by Kris Lines, a senior lecturer in Aston Law School and a former senior coach in trampolining, gymnastics and cheerleading.

He said:

“Historically, concussion has often been seen as a badge of honour, or something to shake off and tough it out. 

“The new guidance targeted at all levels of sport will hopefully change this and ensure that the condition is managed appropriately and athletes are kept safer.

“It is important that all athletes, coaches and officials are aware of how to recognise, prevent and treat concussion. 

“While sport carries inherent risks, the improper handling of concussion should not be one of them.”

The talk will begin at 17:30 hrs with doors opening to the venue from 17:00 hrs.

You can book you place here.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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