As we have received a number of queries about concussion in the AIL I am emailing to outline the process by which concussions are reported to the IRFU (via the referees) and to provide each club with all the information they need to clear a player from a suspected concussion that has been reported to us.
Please ensure that this email is forwarded to all doctors and physios who work with your AIL team (men’s and women’s teams), especially on match days.
Please note that players who suffer from a suspected concussion should be removed from the field of play and must not return that day. Please see www.irishrugby.ie/concussion for information on recognising and managing concussion and for return to play guidelines.
All concussions should be reported by the team physio or doctor via the IRFU Injury reporting system (https://www.irishrugby.ie/playing-the-game/medical/injury-reporting/). This is a separate system to the referees reporting.
Please find attached:
- The process for reporting concussions in the AIL
- The letter that you will receive (by email) when a referee reports that a member of your AIL team was removed with suspected concussion. This letter outlines how this player can be cleared to play if your medics believe that he/she did not suffer from a concussion.
The referee reporting system and the appeal system apply only to All-Ireland League matches and not to other competitions.