Concussion comedy no laughing matter

Concussion might be a recipe for humour for sitcoms like Fawlty Towers and South Park, but researchers say it trivialises the seriousness of head injuries.

The researchers – who include Australians Anthony Schneiders, Paul McCrory and Hopin Lee – refer to the example of a South Park episode called Sarcastaball, which features changes to rules of American Football to emphasise hugs and “being nice” as opposed to big hits and tackles.

This portrayal of head trauma represents a shift towards satirical commentary but it may still send misleading messages, they write in the