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New Concussion Guidance from IRB and RFU

4 years ago, By George Rooley

New Guidance about concussion received from the IRB via the RFU referees Department THIS IS RELEVANT TO SENIOR AND JUNIOR SECTIONS OF THE CLUB

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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