How do you recognise concussion?

Watch Dr Simon Kemp talk about recognising the signs of concussion.


As mentioned elsewhere, it is not possible to prevent all concussions. It is therefore imperative that all those involved in rugby ensure that when concussions do occur they are recognised and managed correctly. Use the links under “More” above to find specific information about recognising concussion relevant to your role in rugby.

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

If a player is suspected of having concussion after a blow to the head, they must be removed from play immediately.

Read more about how to recognise the signs and symptoms of concussion (PDF 859KB)

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.