As part of the on-going work on improving player safety across the game, the IRB recently produced new guidelines on the management of concussion. These have previously been promulgated through Touchline, plus coaching and refereeing communication channels. The guidelines are designed to ensure that players who suffer concussion are managed effectively to protect their long term health and welfare. Scientific knowledge in the field of concussion is constantly evolving and we endeavour to make sure that any guidance provided to the game keeps pace. In summary: • Concussion must be taken extremely seriously to safeguard the long term welfare of players. • As well as coaches and referees, players and parents must be made aware of concussion and how it is managed within rugby. • Players suspected of having concussion must be removed from play and must not resume play in the same match or the same day at festivals and tournaments. • Players suspected of having concussion must be medically assessed. • Players suspected of having concussion or diagnosed with concussion must go through a graduated return to play protocol (GRTP). • Players must receive medical clearance before returning to play. By following this link http://www.rfu.com/ManagingRugby/FirstAid/Injuries/Concussion you will be able to access more detail on the guidance and access resources that can be ordered or downloaded and printed off, by our clubs and individuals involved in delivering rugby. Up to date training is also available for coaches and volunteers as part of the one day RFU Sports First Aid Course . Very few first aid courses contain any information on concussion, an injury that is relatively common in rugby.
March 7, 2012