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:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Zim rescuers desperate to retrieve bodies of loved ones after Cyclone Idai

Zim rescuers desperate to retrieve bodies of loved ones after Cyclone Idai

The cyclone hit Zimbabwe a week ago and rescuers are still struggling to access some areas to establish an official death toll.

IEC to accommodate Muslims observing Ramadan during elections

IEC to accommodate Muslims observing Ramadan during elections

The Muslim Judicial Council says the IEC will facilitate the time for the observance of prayer and breaking of the fast at sunset.

TIA on mission to grow SA's economy by funding technological innovation

TIA on mission to grow SA's economy by funding technological innovation

The Technology Innovation Agency has established three different funds to offer specific assistance to viable projects.

Online portal 'YouStudent' matches young people with fitting study, career paths

Online portal 'YouStudent' matches young people with fitting study, career paths

YouStudent is designed to help parents and students choose an appropriate career path using a holistic assessment process.

Don't get distracted - govt has failed to fix SA schools, says Equal Education

Don't get distracted - govt has failed to fix SA schools, says Equal Education

Equal Education says South Africans mustn't be distracted by promises of quick fixes as politicians try to score election points.

Concussion symptoms could force Pat Lambie to retire early

Concussion symptoms could force Pat Lambie to retire early

Amid reports that Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie could go into early retirement, Xolani speaks to a sports concussion specialist.

Popular articles
Meet the first black editor at GQ magazine, Nkosiyati Khumalo

Meet the first black editor at GQ magazine, Nkosiyati Khumalo

Nkosiyati Khumalo opens up to CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto about his life's journey, his beliefs and his work.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.

SA only nation capable of hosting Afcon 2019, says sports pundit

SA only nation capable of hosting Afcon 2019, says sports pundit

Safa will make a bid to host Afcon next year after Cameroon was stripped of its hosting rights over security concerns and other delays.