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
– More emotional
– Fatigue or low energy
– Nervous or anxious
– “Don’t feel right”
– Difficulty remembering
– Feeling slowed down
– “Pressure in head”
– Blurred vision
– Sensitivity to light
– Feeling like “in a fog“
– Neck pain
– Sensitivity to noise
– Difficulty concentrating
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
Further information and resources on concussion including regulations set by world rugby.