Can concussion in rugby be prevented?
Rugby is a full contact sport, with players running around in a confined area, and it is unrealistic that concussion will be removed completely from the game. In the same way concussions can occur on our streets and in school playgrounds every day. Ideally we all want to prevent concussions occurring in the first place and there are some measures that can be taken during rugby training and games that have the potential to reduce the number of concussions that we see. Recommendations include:
- Ensure the playing or training area is safe
- Ensure correct techniques are coached and performed consistently by all players
- Ensure the laws of the game are applied
Use the links under “More” above to find specific information about preventing concussion relevant to your role in rugby.
What about concussions sustained elsewhere?
To prevent recurrent concussions and the rare but potential risk of prolonged or severe injury, coaches, teachers and parents must encourage players to report concussions that occur during games and training sessions, and to report concussions that occur out of rugby. It is also essential that school and club coaches communicate between themselves if a player is concussed, and involve parents in these discussions.
The information contained in this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice or care. If you believe that you or someone under your care has sustained a concussion we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health care professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The authors have made responsible efforts to include accurate and timely information. However they make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content on this site.