OTT platform RugbyPass launches concussion doc

OTT Platform RugbyPass premiered a special documentary about concussion within rugby last weekend.

Produced by Dublin-based sports marketing agency Fifty-Three Six, Knocked looks to move the concussion conversation considerably forward by exploring the emotive, human stories around the effects of head injuries while focusing on what measures need to be put in place to protect the game which has a reputation for looking after its own.

Filmed in Europe over a four-month period, Knocked features several former and current internationals including Jamie Cudmore (Canada), Sam Underhill (England) and Kevin McLaughlin (Ireland) about their experiences with concussion.

Knocked includes several interviews with prominent health professionals including RFU Medical Services Director Dr. Simon Kemp and neuropathologist Professor Michael Farrell.

The world’s best referee Nigel Owens adds weight to the debate while concussion awareness advocate Peter Robinson speaks frankly about the effects concussion can have on players lives.

Tom Fox, Co-Founder of Fifty-Three Six, says: We specialise in producing engaging video content in sports and bringing that content to fans. To us, there is no more worthy conversation to have in sport right now than concussion and the dangers that go along with it.

Marcus McDonnell, Producer at Fifty-Three Six says: This documentary highlights the need for awareness and education around concussion for the wider public, to build on the work that the governing bodies are doing in the area. As passionate rugby fans, we were delighted to partner with RugbyPass on this progressive project.

Fred Culazzo, Head of Content at RugbyPass, says: As well as offering live streaming in 23 countries, RugbyPass produces a lot of non-live content. Concussion in rugby is a subject we feel deserves more attention, so putting a spotlight on such an important issue within the game should hopefully be of interest to fans, coaches, organisers, as well as current and future players. This is the first episode in series called ‘Beyond 80’ which will be available globally.

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