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Returning to Play

Returning to Play

Our understanding of concussion has improved

As our understanding of concussion has improved, it is clear that there is significant variability in recovery from concussion.

Subtle chemical changes in the brain can now be detected and more sophisticated scans and brain function tests are shedding more light on this.

Any return to play should therefore be assessed on an individual basis and should reflect the level of medical expertise available.

In addition, the Graduated Return to Play (GRTP) should be followed.

In young players, a very conservative Graduated Return to Play (GRTP) approach is recommended and it is advisable to extend the amount of rest and the length of the graded reintroduction of exertion.

As part of the process it is also prudent to consult with the young person's teacher(s) to ensure that their academic performance has returned to normal.

Remember 'The 4 Rs'

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms
  • Remove the player from play
  • Recover fully before returning to sport
  • Return only after following a Graduated Return to Play

Graduated Return to Play information

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.