Concussion hits all youth sports, not just rugby

Children who play rugby do not suffer higher rates of concussion than other field sports such as soccer, Gaelic football and hurling, according to a leading consultant.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Niamh Lynch said all the main field sports played by children had a fairly even spread of concussion cases.

She said it was important that any child suspected of having suffered a concussion should be seen by a doctor as but only a small percentage of children with concussion received medical attention.