Many self-confessed ‘sports nuts’ pride themselves on knowing every rule, player and statistic of their favourite sport – typically using their sporting knowledge to win a Saturday afternoon argument in front of the television when the game is on.
But how much does the same fan know about the anatomical intricacies that cause their favourite player to be forced from the field with ten minutes left and the score locked at 12-12?
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘HIA’ discussed during an NRL game, but what exactly does that mean?
The term HIA refers to what is known as a head injury assessment. The HIA assessment is used to provide early recognition and subsequent treatment of traumatic brain injuries – most commonly, concussion.
Concussions are a medical condition and require immediate medical attention. Concussion...