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by Shane Stokes
September 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Armee wins stage 18 of Vuelta a España, Froome pads lead; Boom blasts to stage 5 TT win at Tour of Britain; D’Hoore back in gold after stage 2 Lotto Belgium Tour win; Sponsor found for Cannondale-Drapac?; Brammeier: Cycling teams should sign up to a code of practice regarding concussions; Ben King speaks out about teenage eating disorder; Crowdfunding campaign launched for a new cleat-based powermeter; Video: Lotto Belgium Tour Stage 2 Highlights; Video: Rás na mBan stage one highlights; Video: Rás na mBan stage two highlights; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2017
Having suffered several big crashes during his career and witnessed first-hand the effects of a bad head injury on his wife Nikki, Matt Brammeier has spoken out about the dangers of concussion. “After my crash, concussion never crossed my mind,” the Aqua Blue Sport rider said, talking to the British National Head Injuries Association Headway. “I’m 99% sure it doesn’t cross most sports people’s minds either, especially so in cycling. We see head injuries almost every day we race.
“People crash and bust their helmets into two pieces and just get up and continue riding with full-blown concussion symptoms. Then they are branded heroes for being able to finish the race. It’s only now I’m aware of the dangers and implications of concussion it makes me realise how bad it is that cyclists are not made aware of the dangers and lasting effects of not dealing with concussion and head injuries properly.
Brammeier said that he tries to educate people about the issue, with varying results. “When I see cyclists have had a knock on the head I try my best to explain the dangers of concussion and give advice. But most of the time it falls on deaf ears until they start to feel the full effects and it’s too late.”
He believes that things must change in sport and that issues arising from head injuries need to be taken far more seriously. “I would love to see all professional teams sign up to a code of practice regarding concussions,” he said.
“Things like baseline testing for all riders, mid-event accident protocols and post-accident recovery protocols would be an amazing start. Also I would love to see our team’s staff and management trained and educated about the dangers and prevention methods of concussions.” He also wants the UK’s cycling bodies to get involved in Headway’s Concussion Aware campaign.
Click through to read more at Headway.