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Northern Ireland schools alerted over concussion dangers

Education Minister John O'Dowd has written to schools across Northern Ireland about the dangers of concussion after a young rugby player collapsed and died at the end of a match.

Benjamin Robinson (14) died from "second impact syndrome" after a rugby match in January 2011.

The rare traumatic brain injury can happen when a second head knock is suffered by somebody already concussed.

Benjamin had been momentarily knocked out at the start of the second half and had been involved in further heavy tackles before he collapsed.

During his inquest his parents argued that he should have been taken off the pitch earlier.

Benjamin was playing for his school, Carrickfergus Grammar, against Dalriada.

Mr O'Dowd said: "I have written to all local schools as I want to ensure they are aware of the dangers of concussion."

His letter directs schools to the concussion recognition tool (CRT), which contains a checklist to help recognise the signs of concussion.

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