GAA Concussion AwarenessNovember 03, 2016
CONCUSSION – WHAT IS IT?
A concussion is a brain injury that is associated with a temporary loss of brain function. The injury must be taken seriously to protect the long term welfare of all players. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Summary principles of GAA Concussion Management Guidelines
- Concussion is a brain injury that needs to be taken seriously to protect the long term welfare of all players
- 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 should advise the person in charge of the team i.e. the Team Manager, in this regard and the player must not be allowed to continue his participation in the game
- Concussion is an evolving injury therefore it is important to monitor the player after the injury for progressive deterioration
- Concussion diagnosis is a clinical judgement
- Use of the SCAT 3 can aid the doctor in his /her diagnosis
- Players suspected of having a concussion, must have adequate rest of at least 24 hours and then must follow a Gradual Return to Play Protocol.
- Players must receive medical clearance (by a doctor) before returning to play
GAA Concussion Awareness – A 15 Minute Module
Poster available at: http://learning.gaa.ie/sites/default/files/Concussion%20Poster%202016.pdf