It has always been seen as controversial to add innovative, modern technologies to well established sports. Who can forget the hassle over the goal line technology, recently introduced to football?

However, rugby union seems to have hit the nail on the head with its trial session of the xPatch. A contact sport, such as rugby, comes with certain health risks. These include short term problems, such as concussion, and long term issues like dementia. The xPatch however aims to minimise these problems by recording the impact and angle of a tackle or trauma which a player receives.

This in turn will lead to faster treatment and a lower risk of long term side effects. In short, this tiny piece of technology could revolutionise the treatment for rugby players, union or league. No matter how contentious the issue of technology, health will always be more important than competition so this should be one piece of equipment welcomed by all.

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