Parents/ Guardians play a vital role in the prevention and management of concussion. It is important that you are able to recognise suspected concussion and support your child appropriately. The child’s / young person’s health is the priority, ignoring any signs or symptoms of concussion could have significant and sometimes serious consequences; potentially affecting the academic studies, long term health, and playing career and enjoyment of the game.
Taking time out to recover fully from a concussion is far more important than playing in the next game.
Children and young people can also get concussed in other activities, any time that a child’s head comes into contact with a hard object such as the floor. It is important that these situations are recognised, as it may put them at risk of more serious consequences if they sustain another concussion before recovery.
1. Concussion must be taken extremely seriously to safeguard the safety and long term health of young players.
2. Players suspected of having concussion must be removed from play and must not resume play in the same match.
3. All players suspected of having concussion must be medically assessed.
4. Players suspected of having concussion or diagnosed with concussion must go through a Graduated Return to Play protocol (GRTP).
5. Players must be reviewed by a doctor before returning to play.
It is important that as a parent/guardian you communicate with coaches/club and teachers/school to ensure that there is a joined up approach to supporting your child’s return to play following a suspected concussion.
Age Grade Management Guidelines
The Age Grade Management Guidelines provide information on how to recognise a suspected concussion and manage the return to play appropriately.General information on concussion and the HEADCASE programme click here
HEADCASE Online Awareness Module
The free online concussion modules are designed to educate those completing it on what concussion is, how to recognise it and how it should be managed. It is recommended that clubs actively encourage their coaches, players and parents to complete the relevant modules.
The HEADCASE modules can be accessed on the HEADCASE homepage.
Clubs are encouraged to use the HEADCASE animation video with their age grade players, it provides easy to understand information on concussion and how they should be managed.
To request the video as a wmv or mp4 file (to use when off line) please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concussion doesn’t just happen in sports such as rugby, they occur in streets and in school playgrounds every day.
Rugby is a contact sport and whilst it is impossible to remove the risk of concussion completely there are a number of measures that can be put in place to markedly reduce the risk and prevent concussions occurring in the first place.
Parents can have a key role in helping to prevent concussion and other injuries from occurring. For more information on how concussion can be prevented please visit the age grade rugby concussion prevention page
There are a number of HEADCASE resources which are available for clubs to utilise to increase awareness and understanding of concussion.