A player does not need to be knocked out (lose consciousness) to have had a concussion.
Players might experience a number of problems after a blow to the head, or you might notice certain things that arouse your suspicion.
If a player is suspected of having concussion after a blow to the head, they must be removed from play immediately.
Read more about how to recognise the signs and symptoms of concussion.
How should concussion be managed?
If a player sustains a concussion they should be managed in accordance with best practice guidelines.
It is recognised that the medical/first aid cover at training and matches varies, but the universal principles are encompassed in 'The 4 Rs', which are listed below.
There is no specific treatment for concussion and no medication that can be taken to speed up recovery.
The mainstay of treatment is rest; it is not practical to have complete rest but there are some things that should be avoided to aid recovery if they make symptoms worse:
The information contained in this site 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 we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health care professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The authors have made responsible efforts to include accurate and timely information. However they make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content on this site.