Green Piece 18.11.05

Green Piece

Ealing Rugby extends a warm welcome to all players joining us for the 2018-19 season. Work continues at Vallis Way on Tuesday and Thursday from 19.30


Concussion Management Series (Part 1 of 4)

1) Stage 1 – Recognise…

It is essential that Players, Team-mates, Officials, Coaches and Spectators are able to RECOGNISE potential concussive events…

Identifying concussion is not always easy; players may not exhibit the signs or symptoms immediately, and they may be quite subtle. It is important to consider concussion in any player who receives a blow to the head in particular. If they have any signs or symptoms, or if you are concerned, remove them from play and send them for assessment by a healthcare practitioner. Even if they have no initial signs or symptoms, they should be monitored, as signs and symptoms may develop later.

Indications of potential concussive events…

It is important to realise that a player does not need to be knocked out (lose consciousness) to have had a concussion. Players may experience a number of problems after a blow to the head, or you may notice certain things that arouse your suspicion.

Thinking problems that the player may experience:

· Does not know time, date, place, period of game, opposing team, or the score in the game · General confusion · Cannot remember things that happened before and/or after the injury · Seems slow to answer questions or follow directions · Seems easily distracted · Not playing as well as expected · A blank stare/glassy eyed, “the lights are on but nobody is at home”

Things that the player may complain of or you see:

· Knocked out · Headache · Dizziness · Feel dazed or stunned; · Loss of or blurred vision· · Seeing double, stars or flashing lights · Ringing in the ears · Sleepiness · Stomach ache, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting · Poor coordination or balance, staggering around or unsteady on feet · Slurred speech · Poor concentration · Strange or inappropriate emotions (i.e. laughing, crying, getting angry easily) · Feeling generally unwell

Any player with suspected concussion must be removed from play – the decision must not be left to the player…