Stow on the Wold & District RFC

Stow on the Wold & District RFC

New Concussion Guidance from IRB and RFU

IRB Medical Regulation 10 - Concussion

Please note that, effective from 26th May 2011, the IRB has approved a revised Concussion regulation.

Please see http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/mediazone/pressrelease/newsid=2043181.html#irb+tackles+concussion+players+first

The Regulation can be found at http://www.irb.com/mm/document/lawsregs/regulations/04/23/26/100518gfirbhandbook2010freg10english.pdf and the accompanying guidelines at http://www.irbplayerwelfare.com/concussion

The key new changes are:

• Players with suspected concussion must be removed from the field of play (and not return)

• Players with suspected concussion must go through a graded Return to Play (RTP) Protocol with medical practitioner clearance before a return to play

• The mandatory three week stand down for the age group player is replaced by advice around a more circumspect individualised RTP protocol

I would ask you to make your referees particularly aware of the following extract from the guidelines, relevant when concussion is suspected and a Medical Practitioner and/or Healthcare Professional is not present:

“If there is no Medical Practitioner or Healthcare Professional present the Player who is injured may be disorientated and unable to make a judgement about their own condition. Fellow Players, coaches, Match Officials, team managers, administrators or parents who observe an injured Player displaying any of the signs in Table 1 after an injury event with the potential to cause a head injury or concussion
MUST do their best to ensure that the Player is removed from the field of play in a safe manner”

Issued by Richard Glynne-Jones
Head of Referee Development
RFU

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