Why do sportspeople play on with concussion?

Former Springbok Pat Lambie has revealed how, during his career, he often continued playing despite having a concussion.

The 28-year-old retired from rugby earlier this year, following medical advice.

In an interview with The Times, Lambie revealed how he continued playing during last year's European Champions Cup semi-final against Munster because he didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to play in a final.

But how common is it among sportsmen and women that they will hide a concussion in order to stay on the field?

John Maytham spoke to Dr John Patricios of Sports Concussion South Africa to find out.

In the past, we've relied very much on self-reporting of symptoms.

Dr John Patricios, Sports physician - Sports Concussion South Africa

We have more sophisticated means now of testing for potential concussion in a multi-dimensional way.

Dr John Patricios, Sports physician - Sports Concussion South Africa

The most important aspect is to be assessed by a doctor who has an understanding of concussion.

Dr John Patricios, Sports physician - Sports Concussion South Africa

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why do sportspeople play on with concussion?


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