Brian O’Driscoll Reveals He Got Brain Tests Following Retirement


When Brian O’Driscoll retired in 2014 following a successful Six Nations Championship he feared he was “slowing down a small bit”.

O’Driscoll was in such fear he got a series neurological tests and scans carried out. His father has spoken in the past that he feared for his son’s mental healthy following a series of head injuries.

“After I finished I felt I was slowing down a small bit. I just felt as though my coordination wasn’t quite the same, so I went and got a load of neurological tests and scans just to be sure,” O’Driscoll told David Walsh. “Excuse the pun but it was all in my head.

“When you are doing something for 15 years and then you stop for six months of course your coordination is going to be down a fraction.”

O’Driscoll also commented on fears of Johnny Sextons current state following a series of concussion and narrowed it down to Sexton’s current tackling technique.

“Johnny would give out to me for saying this but I wish he would sort out his tackle technique. I think that is an issue and that it the reason why that he is finding himself in those head collisions because he is very chest-up.”


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