Ealing Trailfinders Academy – Concussion Protocol

Symptoms of concussion

Presence of any one or more of the following signs and symptoms may suggest a concussion:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Mental clouding, confusion, or feeling slowed down
  • Visual problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness/feeling like in a fog/difficulty concentrating
  • “Pressure in head
  • Sensitivity to light or noise

Pitch side guidelines

Recognise – Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion above so you understand when a player might have a suspected concussion.

Remove – If an athlete has a concussion or even a suspected concussion he or she must be removed from play immediately.

Refer – Once removed from play, the player should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional.

Rest – Players must rest from exercise until symptom-free and then start a Graduated Return to Play. The IRB recommends a more conservative return to play for children and adolescents (see Graduated Return To Play Protocol).

Recover – Full recovery from the concussion is required before return to play is authorised. This includes being symptom-free. Rest and specific treatment options are critical for the health of the injured participant.

Return – In order for safe return to play in Rugby, the player must be symptom-free. The athlete must complete the GRTP (Graduated Return To Play Protocol).