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 damage 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 taking part in for Racing 92, initially advised 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 facet 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 acquired a head damage evaluation.

Ought to he go the following stage of the method, he will likely be allowed to participate in non-contact coaching with the crew 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 fallacious I’ve carried out 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 by way of time, {that a} earlier concussion has taken time to be shaken off (a number of weeks) and the truth that the participant is underneath 20 years outdated as a result of there exists a critical danger of struggling an after shock.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 exams carried out are good and that the return-to-play protocol has been carried out correctly, then there’s nothing to cease him from taking part in in opposition to 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 collection of head accidents in a brief area of time.

“The physician’s half, basic to this story, is… if there are signs, if his exams are disturbed, the physician should cease him from taking part in on Sunday,” Dr Chermann mentioned on Tuesday.

“Conversely, if there are not any signs, if the exams are excellent, the truth that he has had many concussions earlier than is an issue. However I believe we should not have sufficient apparent components to stop 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 come back out and speak to whoever it was and say these issues,” Sexton mentioned.

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

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

“I believed there was patient-doctor confidentiality; I am fairly positive that exists on this planet.

“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 essentially 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 offer information 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 point of interest 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 recreation 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 you have to be reminded that there is lots of people that may swap in to your job, so attempt to get pleasure from it.”

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

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

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