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Wallace to offer a unique insight into rugby injuries

By Staff Reporter

Former Ulster and Ireland rugby star Paddy Wallace will be a special guest at the fourth Sports Law Conference at Law Society House in Belfast tomorrow (9am).

The theme of the conference is 'Sports injuries and the Law' when rugby, football and horseracing are just some of the sports that will come under the microscope.

Wallace will participate in a question and answer session.

Speakers include sports lawyer and former inter-pro rugby player Keith McGarry, Consultant Mr Richard Nicholas who has 18 years of involvement with the Ulster and Ireland rugby teams, sports law expert Professor Jack Anderson of Queen's University, solicitor and Tyrone U21 manager Feargal Logan and Dr Phil Glasgow, Head of Sports Medicine at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland.

Mr McGarry will offer a legal insight into the issue of concussion in sport.

"Rugby has been in the headlines because of the number of concussions but it is a big issue in plenty of other sports like football and horseracing as well," he said.

"It's also a hot topic in American Football with the NFL facing massive payouts to former players.

"One point I will be making is: 'What is the point in asking the player during a game?'

"The player will always say he is okay."

Former Chelsea FC employee Dr Eva Carneiro is currently involved in legal action against the club and manager Jose Mourinho, with Mr McGarry adding: "It's certainly a very interesting case in relation to sport because the doctor's primary obligation is to her patient, in this case the player."

To book a place just email cpdbookings@lawsoc-ni.org

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