Sports Channel Network is the first UK platform to broadcast Head On, a new documentary which tackles the issue of head injuries in rugby. The programme is now live on channel 266 on Freeview and YouView.
Head injuries in rugby are a major issue in the game at all levels and the increased number of head and neck injuries have led to changes in the rules, especially regarding tackle laws which has led to some controversy already at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The documentary takes an in-depth look at this issue in the game, interviewing former players from different countries about their personal experiences and how the clubs / nations deal with and communicate an issue which has becoming increasingly serious in the sport.
Rugby is a global game experiencing growth in new markets including the US but the safety of players competing at all levels is an absolute priority, especially amongst younger age groups. The future of the sport itself depends on it.
Jamie Roberts, the former Wales Centre and qualified doctor, is interviewed on the documentary and says: “How to prevent and deal with head injuries is one of the biggest issues in rugby today. It is vital that the sport listens to the medical experts and takes on the views of the players. I’m pleased that Head On is allowing the message is being communicated.”
Nick Thurlow, Producer of Head On, said: “I was glad Head On could secure the involvement of so many current and former players. All rugby fans want the sport to continue to grow and thrive but player health and the duty of care given to players must always be the number one priority. As SCN is a UK based free to air channel, I am delighted that we will be reaching a maximum number of UK rugby fans at a time when all eyes are on the matches in Japan.”
Paul Coster, Founder and CEO of Sport Channel Network said: “We are delighted that Sport Channel Network will be the first platform in the UK to show Head On. As a video on demand service – with free to air reach – and the desire to promote content, we are the ideal partner for sport rights’ holders with important messages to communicate to their UK fans. Our agreement with Head On is proof that SCN can offer something new.”