The Investigative Committee of the Committee on Digital, Culture, Mass Media and Sports (DCMS) on Sports Insults says urgent government action is needed because sports are allowed to record “their homework”.
The report called on the Government to monitor the implementation of the UK General Protocol within the next year and to reflect this approach in Scotland.
It also called for the health and safety executive (HSE) to be more involved in the sport, and committee chairman Julian Knight accused it of “degrading duty” and leaving the sport at the disposal of risk management.
The report recommended that the HSE work with sports organizations to establish a national sports injury reporting framework by July 2022. Within a year, all sports should be required to avoid any incidents of brain injury.
“The protections offered by the state to workers apply to footballers and jockeys as much as they apply to miners and construction workers,” the report said.
“We’re amazed that sports should be put on by health and safety executives to make their home mark.”
The report did not establish any clear causal link between sportsmanship and insanity, but said it was “undeniable that a significant minority of people will face long-term neurological problems as a result of their participation in sports.”
Knight said: “To be honest we’ve just seen the transition to this day and it’s a complete nonsense.
“We know that there is a link between dementia and brain injury, and sometimes it happens in sports. It probably happens in a sports environment, so we need to reduce these risks through the right advice.”
“We still want people to enjoy their favorite sport, but be aware of the dangers and have as many safety protocols in place as they are reasonable.”
The report also accused football authorities of procrastinating on the issue. It said the verdict in the case of former West Brom and England striker Jeff Astle about 20 years ago should have given the Football Association a firm and consistent interest in the issue.
Astle’s death has been linked to an industrial disease associated with the ball’s repeated headaches.
“Over the last 20 years, neither the Football Association nor the Professional Footballers’ Association have struggled enough or enough to address this issue within the wider football community, ”he said.
“However, they are just one component of a broader failure to address the issue of brain injury in sports.”
The report said the government would work to develop a protocol for over-contusion across the UK and ensure proper communication.
“We find it difficult to see any shortcomings of the unified protocol across the UK for earthquakes and recommend that the Government look at the Scottish model and then work with independent governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to develop over the next 12 months. the British Protocol for Earthquakes in All Sports ”.
“This should be used by national authorities as a minimum standard when creating their sporting rules, and should take into account and comply with the national framework for sports injury reporting that we have previously recommended in this report.”
The government is also urged to help set up a central research fund where research is ‘independent’ – and to encourage sports to contribute by offering adequate funding.
The report said the government had in the past been blamed for “non-implementation of practical interventions” behind previous reports.
“We urge the Government to understand the shoe this time around, get rid of concerns about how regulation can change the sport, and take real and effective action,” he said.
Road: Sport lost the opportunity to put his house in order
The Headway Brain Injury charity welcomed the survey results.
In response to the DCMS report, Peter McCabe, Chief Executive Officer of Headway, said: “This is an important step forward in a campaign that protects people from the short-term and long-term risks of tremors.
“We are grateful to the committee for inviting us to contribute to this important inquiry. The report has made a number of clear recommendations, all of which we fully support, although some questions remain.
“Improving data coordination and monitoring will help us better understand the level of difficulty, especially at the grassroots level, while government support with treatment, research funding and education is also welcome.
“The committee’s criticism of the sport’s governing body is clear. This is not a new issue, and for years the sport has been able to downplay its importance, with little or no consideration from the government.”
“For a long time, charities like Headway have been counting on sports, and we agree with Julian Knight that this needs to change. Sports has long been enough to close its house, and it’s time for the government to intervene.”
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