Fitzpatrick: New concussion protocols a huge positive

Fitzpatrick: New concussion protocols a huge positive

International tight-head Declan Fitzpatrick has lifted the lid on the injury nightmare which followed a blow to the head in an international game two years ago.

Fitzpatrick developed ‘concussion syndrome’ following the knock and admitted he had become “a bit depressed” as he attempted to regain his form for province and country.

Fitzpatrick, who will start Ulster’s Pro12 clash against Dragons this weekend, believes new medical protocols to deal with head traumas are a huge positive for player welfare.

“Knocks are obviously part and parcel of the game,” said Fitzpatrick.

“I’ve just been very unfortunate with the injuries I had, which had me out of the game for a long time. The two significant concussions were obviously the main problems.

“I had a couple of bangs in succession, and to be honest, I didn’t rest fully,” admits Fitzpatrick who has won seven caps.

“It was all about me wanting to play for Ireland. The first knock I got was while playing in the November series and I thought there was a lot of pressure on me to play as I was sort of breaking through then………. see more at :-