Six Nations 2021: French physician apologises to Johnny Sexton after ‘inaccurate’ concussion claims

Six Nations 2021: French physician apologises to Johnny Sexton after ‘inaccurate’ concussion claims

Johnny Sexton
Sexton had a head harm evaluation after Eire’s defeat by Wales, having been eliminated following a head collision
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A French neurologist has apologised to Johnny Sexton after speculating over the Eire captain’s historical past of concussion.

Dr Jean-Francois Chermann, who ordered Sexton to be stood down for 12 weeks in 2014 whereas enjoying for Racing 92, initially informed French broadcaster RMC Sport he believed the fly-half had sustained as many as 30 concussions throughout his profession.

Nevertheless he retracted the feedback after Sexton described them as “inaccurate and extremely inappropriate”.

The Eire captain – whose aspect host France within the Six Nations on Sunday – goes via return-to-play protocols.

He was taken off following a conflict of heads within the second half of final Sunday’s defeat by Wales, after which he obtained a head harm evaluation.

Ought to he move the following stage of the method, he will likely be allowed to participate in non-contact coaching with the group on Thursday, earlier than returning to full-contact coaching if he receives approval on Friday.

“As regards Sexton, we can not say for sure that he has had 30 concussions,” Dr Chermann mentioned on Wednesday afternoon.

“I ought to by no means have cited this determine with none clarification and I remorse the incorrect I’ve accomplished to the participant who was my affected person and who I respect greater than anybody.

“In my neurological expertise of treating greater than 1,500 athletes who’ve suffered concussion, the pivotal components ruling out a return to motion are: the actual fact of getting suffered concussions shut collectively when it comes to time, {that a} earlier concussion has taken time to be shaken off (a number of weeks) and the truth that the participant is below 20 years previous as a result of there exists a severe threat of struggling an after shock.

“To be clear, if Sexton has not suffered from a concussion for a 12 months, that he’s asymptomatic after 48 hours, that the assessments carried out are good and that the return-to-play protocol has been carried out correctly, then there’s nothing to cease him from enjoying towards France.”

What was mentioned?

Dr Chermann labored with Sexton in the course of the fly-half’s two-year spell with Racing, and really helpful the three-month break in 2014 after Sexton sustained a sequence of head accidents in a brief house of time.

“The physician’s half, elementary to this story, is… if there are signs, if his assessments are disturbed, the physician should cease him from enjoying on Sunday,” Dr Chermann mentioned on Tuesday.

“Conversely, if there aren’t any signs, if the assessments are good, the truth that he has had many concussions earlier than is an issue. However I feel we don’t have sufficient apparent components to forestall him from persevering with his rugby profession.”

Chatting with the media on Wednesday, Sexton mentioned he was “shocked and saddened” by Dr Chermann’s feedback.

“I simply suppose it’s very inappropriate that a health care provider who I final noticed a few years in the past now felt it was acceptable to return out and speak to whoever it was and say these issues,” Sexton mentioned.

Sexton performed for Racing 92 between 2013 and 2015 earlier than returning to Leinster

“I am fairly disenchanted however I am so used to it that it is form of like water off a duck’s again – however for my spouse and mum, it’s totally upsetting however that is the world we dwell in.

“I believed there was patient-doctor confidentiality; I am fairly certain that exists on the earth.

“I simply cannot recover from the truth that somebody thought it was acceptable to simply come out of nowhere and begin saying issues that weren’t even correct, that is probably the most hurtful factor.

“We have been right here earlier than and will sit right here speaking about it for 20 minutes, however I am by no means going to win out of it.

“Final time I did it, this has occurred twice earlier than, I attempted to present info and defend myself and I am within the papers for being egocentric and never taking care of youthful gamers going via the system.”

‘Typically it could actually put on you down’

Having endured a typically disappointing spell in French membership rugby, Sexton usually turns into the focus of the build-up to Eire and France’s annual Six Nations assembly.

Ought to Sexton fail the return-to-play protocols, head coach Andy Farrell will name upon both Billy Burns or Ross Byrne to fill in for the captain.

“It appears to be all the time the French sport arising the place one thing occurs, both earlier than or after,” Sexton mentioned.

“You get used to coping with these sort of issues whenever you’re captain of your nation.

“It is a privileged place to be in. Typically it could actually put on down on you and that you must be reminded that there is lots of people that might swap in on your job, so attempt to get pleasure from it.”

Having misplaced to Wales, Eire’s hopes of profitable the event realistically require them to win their 4 remaining video games.

France dismantled Italy of their opening Six Nations sport and are available to Dublin as favourites to win this 12 months’s competitors.

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