‘If in doubt, sit them out’: how tragedy fuelled father's concussion campaign
Ten years after his son, Ben, was killed, Peter Robinson wants young sportspeople to be better protected from brain injuries
“It’s strange people talk about how time’s a healer,” Peter Robinson says, “but I don’t think we’ve ever found that.” It’s been 10 years since he lost Ben, his 14-year-old son, to a brain injury caused by the repeated blows to the head he suffered during a school rugby match. And the pain feels as close to the surface now as it did the first time we spoke.
It was the 10th anniversary on Friday. “Another anniversary,” Peter says. “It just underlines that he’s not here. You see his mates from school growing up, getting engaged, getting their degrees, and it makes you think about everything he’s missed out on, and everything we’ve missed out on.” When I first reported on Ben’s death in 2013, his mother, Karen Walton, described concussion as “the game’s dirty secret”.Continue reading...