Head case – RFU Concussion Awareness Programme

So this rugby seasons sees H progressing into contact rugby from 2 seasons of Tag rugby and like all parents one does starts to worry about the tackles and potential injuries and concussions. Which boys is going to need me more but thankfully both boys train on opposite pitches from each other so I can watch both on training days.

Just like any type of head injury a concussion should be treated seriously as there is so many risks if it is not.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a temporary injury to the brain that cannot be seen on a routine x-rays or scans. It affects the way a person may think and remember things for a short time, and can cause a variety of symptoms.

A cause of a concussion can be any type of blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head which may cause a concussion.

A player can have 1 or more visual clues to signs of concussion has been sustained in a rugby game. There are further signs and symptoms to look out for and seek further medical advice on:

Further symptoms and indication of concussion are:-

– Loss of consciousness

– Seizure or convulsion

– Balance problems

– Nausea or vomiting

– Drowsiness

– More emotional

– Irritability

– Sadness

– Fatigue or low energy

– Nervous or anxious

– “Don’t feel right”

– Difficulty remembering

– Headache

– Dizziness

– Confusion

– Feeling slowed down

– “Pressure in head”

– Blurred vision

– Sensitivity to light

– Amnesia

– Feeling like “in a fog“

– Neck pain

– Sensitivity to noise

– Difficulty concentrating

A player does not need to be knocked out (lose consciousness) to have had a concussion.

Our volunteer coaches do their part to stay on top of watching for signs of concussion and support parents and the players back not training after a minimum two week period has passed or/and following a healthcare professionals advice on gradual return to contact rugby again. As Parents I believe we should do our part as well and complete the free online module by the England Rugby RFU to ensure we can to support our players knowing the signs and symptoms of concussion.

It’s was over the summer that one of our Head coaches whom completed further development training and provided all parents links from the RFU for Concussion Awareness programme that could be completed by players, parent and fellow coaches. I founds this very informative and helpful to understanding how serious a concussion and the possible symptoms that one could miss.

There are the rare cases of where that one serious concussion has stopped young players playing rugby forever forcing them out of rugby forever because the risk of developing further neurological complications.

Recently I came across this brave message on my social media stream of a Colt Player from Royal Wootton Bassett RFC

“It’s a very honest account of his last few months playing rugby and contains an important message that we believe should be shared to a wider audience, so with Aidan’s permission”

Concussion Tools:

I’d strongly recommend that all parents read through the information and complete the online free concussion module and concussion management guidelines before using the following England Rugby RFU resources:

Pocket Size Recognition Tool

Concussion Pitch side leaflet

Management guidelines for U19 and below

Further information and resources on concussion including regulations set by world rugby.

World Rugby Concussion Policies and Education

Laws: http://laws.worldrugby.org

Regulations relating to concussion:  http://www.worldrugby.org/handbook

Guidance and Education: http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/con

Other Sources of Information:

NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Concussion/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Headway:  https://www.headway.org.uk

Child Brain Injury Trust: https://childbraininjurytrust.org.uk

Supporting Head Injured pupils in Schools; http://www.shipsproject.org.uk

Brain and Spine: http://www.brainandspine.org.uk

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust: http://www.thedtgroup.org/brain-injury

Headinjurysymptoms.org:  http://www.headinjurysymptoms.orgThe information contained in this blog is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice or care. If you believe that you or someone under your care has sustained a concussion, FuzzyYule strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health care professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. FuzzyYule makes no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content on this blog.

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