James Sunderland welcomes new concussion guidelines for grassroots sport

Following the Government statement on the new UK concussion guidelines for grassroots sport, James Sunderland highlights the varied risks between sports, and calls for the individual sporting governing bodies be responsible for regulation and calls for the review to look at the medical cover that is routinely available at grassroots sports events.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

I watch a lot of grassroots sport, particularly football and rugby, so I welcome the guidelines today. Does the Minister agree that, as risks vary between the sports, the sporting governing bodies are the best placed to regulate this, and also that as part of the review we need to look at the medical cover that is routinely available at these events?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Stuart Andrew)

As I say, this is a baseline of guidance and my hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that each sport will have its own individual needs. That is why it is right that the independent national governing bodies should take this guidance and build on it for the safety of all those involved.