Players are responsible for their health and should take concussion seriously. Failing to follow the guidance provided can have significant and sometimes serious consequences:
The RFU provide a 20 minute online course for players which will explain what concussion is, how it happens and what you can do as a player to avoid injury or return safely to playing following a concussion.
Take the bespoke online course for Teachers, Parent & Guardians which is focussed on youth players and how you can support them to prevent and manage concussion safely.
When you complete the course, you will be able to print off a certificate and submit your details to have the achievement added to your RFU learning record.
Play well, perform well
Although it may not be possible to stop all concussions happening, there are some measures players can take that have the potential to reduce the number of concussions seen:
Rugby head guards do not protect against concussion. They do protect against superficial injuries to the head such as cuts and grazes though - this has been demonstrated in a number of research studies. There is also however some evidence to suggest that head guards may increase risk taking behaviours in some players.
Mouth guards/gum shields do not protect against concussion either although they are strongly recommended for all players as they do protect against dental and facial injuries.
Remember the 4 Rs: