- RECOGNISE & REMOVE
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
- The player should be medically assessed as soon as possible.