Concussion keywords


If, at any point during a match or training, a player is concussed or has a suspected concussion, that player must be immediately and permanently removed from the field of play.

What is concussion?

  • Concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It is a complex process in which forces are transmitted to the brain and
    result in temporary impairment of brain function.
  • Concussion can have a significant impact on the short and long term health of player if not managed correctly.

Why must concussion be taken extremely seriously?

  • Ignoring the signs and symptoms of concussion may result in death, a more serious brain injury or a prolonged recovery period.
  • The potential for serious and prolonged injury emphasises the need for comprehensive medical assessment and follow-up until the concussion has fully resolved.
  • Returning to play before complete resolution of the concussion exposes the player to recurrent concussions that might take place with ever decreasing forces.
  • Repeat concussions could shorten a player’s career and may have some potential to result in permanent neurological (brain) impairment.
  • There is no such thing as a minor concussion or ‘knock to the head’.

What happens if a player has a suspected concussion at training or when playing?

  • The player MUST be immediately removed from activity and MUST NOT return.
  • The player MUST NOT be left alone.
  • The player MUST NOT drive a vehicle.
  • The player MUST always be in the care of a responsible adult, who is informed of the player’s
    suspected concussion.
  • The player should be medically assessed as soon as possible.

IRFU Concussion Resources