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Tragic Ben's dad backs new sport concussion guidelines

By Lucinda Cameron

A man from Northern Ireland whose teenage son died after sustaining a concussion in a school rugby match has backed new guidelines in Scotland for dealing with the injury in all sports.

The suggestions, drawn up by the Scottish Chief Medical Officer, senior doctors, universities, the Scottish FA and others, are said to be a global first.

Campaigner Peter Robinson, whose son Ben died aged 14 in January 2011 after sustaining a double concussion, was also involved in drafting the guidance.

Ben, a pupil at Carrickfergus Grammar School, developed second impact syndrome after several tackles in a match against Dalriada. He was allowed to carry on playing after being injured.

Mr Robinson said: "Awareness of the dangers of concussion in sport is improving, but there's still a long way to go. For too long, concussion has not been taken seriously, and that has to change.

"With these guidelines we want to help those involved in any sport to recognise the signs of concussion and know how to deal with it. If you have any doubts, then don't take the risk. Sit it out and get them checked out.

"We are not saying that you shouldn't take part in sport - there are many benefits to taking part in sport. However, there are ways to make it safer. What could be more important than that?"

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