Concussion in Sport is part of an international, multi-sport study into concussion and its long-term effects. It is a collaborative project with existing and on-going research in Australia, Switzerland and the USA. Through impartial, objective analysis of a significant pool of data, Concussion in Sport will work together with its international partners to establish whether there is any correlation between repeated concussion and long-term damage or degenerative conditions that effect the brain.

John Bramhall
John BramhallProfessional Footballers Association (PFA)
John is a former central defender who clocked up over 500 Football League appearances for 6 clubs over a period of 15 years from 1976 to 1991. A current FA licensed agent, and in his position as Deputy Chief Executive represents the PFA on various boards including the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee; FA Stakeholders meetings; Professional Game Match Officials Technical Committee, the body which controls the current referees. He has also been a Premier League Match Delegate for over a decade. He represents players at all levels on FA charges and club internal disciplinary hearings, and has responsibility for the Delegate Liaison Department.

“The safety and wellbeing of both our current and former members is one of the fundamental objectives of the PFA and we consider this research to be an important step in helping to achieve this objective. This research focusing on concussion and evaluating the long term effects of repeated head traumas on participants in contact sports will hopefully enable current injury management systems for such injuries to be further improved.”

Paul Struthers
Paul StruthersChief Executive, Professional Jockeys' Association
Paul became Chief Executive of the PJA in February 2012 and joined the Board in April 2013. Paul is a trustee of JETS, the PJA Pension Scheme and the Jockeys Association Trust. He is also a Director of the Horsemens Group and is a Horsemens Group-appointed director of Racing Enterprises Ltd. He previously worked in the racing industry for 11 years, most recently as Head of Communications for the British Horseracing Authority, having begun his career working as a betting shop manager and then in business development.

“This is a vital piece of work for all sportsmen and women who participate in contact sports where there is a risk of head injury. If through the Concussion in Sport research project we can understand the long-term effects of concussion then it also will help and improve how we manage and treat concussion when it happens.”

Richard Dunwoody
Richard DunwoodyJockey
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Richard Dunwoody became the only jockey of his generation to win the ‘Big Three’ National Hunt races following wins on West Tip (Grand National 1986), Charter Party (Gold Cup 1988) and Kribensis (Champion Hurdle 1990). He also partnered the great Desert Orchid to seven victories. He won the Grand National again on Miinnehoma in 1994 and was Champion Jockey three times (1993-95). He was awarded the MBE for services to his sport in 1993.

Since retiring as a jockey in 1999 he has travelled extensively and undertaken expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. In 2003 he competed in the inaugural Polar Race to the Magnetic North Pole and in 2008 he completed an unsupported expedition to the South Pole, travelling around 700 miles on skis. Besides sport, adventure and travel, he has always been passionate about photography and in 2011 he signed up to a nine month intensive photojournalism course at the Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris.

In Spring 2013 his work took him to Guatemala, India, Pakistan and Egypt to photograph the challenges facing The Brooke Hospital for Animals and a successful exhibition (his first) of the resulting images of working equines and their owners was held in January 2014 at St Martin’s in the Fields in London. He covered the highly popular Mongol Derby for the third consecutive year in 2014, and recently photographed the “Patient’s Journey” for Channel 4’s “Supervet,” Noel Fitzpatrick. His images have appeared in publications around the world including Tatler, Four Seasons Magazine, Outside and How to Spend It.

Photo by Laurence Squire

Denis Egan
Denis EganThe Turf Club, Ireland
Denis is Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Turf Club, an organisation founded in 1790 for horse racing in Ireland. Denis became CEO of the Turf Club in December 2007, having previously held the role of financial controller since 1995.

“The Turf Club fully supports the objectives of Concussion in Sport. We consider it to be one of the most important research projects ever launched with its focus on concussion. We would actively encourage as many jockeys as possible to support the work and participate in the research.”