CONCUSSION MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY

CONCUSSION MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY

  • Concussion is a brain injury that needs to be taken seriously to protect the long term welfare of all players.
  • Concussion  can be caused by a direct or an indirect hit to the players head or body.
  • Most concussion injuries occur without a loss of consciousness 
  • Any player suspected of having sustained a concussion should be removed immediately from the field and should not return to play on the same day.
  • Where a Team Doctor is present, he/she must advise the person in charge of the team, ie Team Manager in this regard and the player must not be allowed to continue his/her participation in the game. 
  • Concussion is an evolving injury. It is important to monitor the player after the injury for progressive degeneration.
  • Concussion diagnosis is a clinical judgement  and the use of the SCAT 3 can aid the doctor in his/her diagnosis
  • Players suspected of having concussion, must have adequate rest of a least 24 hours, possibly longer and then must follow a gradual return to play protocol
  • Players must receive medical clearance (by a doctor) before returning to play.

For more information, see the below websites:

 

  1. Concussion Management GAA
  2. GAA Learning and Development Portal ( there is no requirement to be a GAA member to access this information) 
  3. BSJ Concussion Protocol