What is Concussion?
Concussion is a brain injury and can be caused by a direct or indirect hit on a player’s head or body. Concussion typically results in an immediate onset of short lived signs and symptoms. However, in some cases, these signs and symptoms may evolve over a number of minutes or even hours.
CONCUSSION MUST BE TAKEN EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY
Return to play protocol which must be observed:
No player with a diagnosed concussion should return to play before 6 days. The initial rest period after a diagnosis is 24—48 hours.
If the player has been symptom free for 24 hours, he can then start the 6 step GRTP protocol which should be medically supervised.
(GRTP = Gradual Return to Play)
Each step takes one day:
Day 1 = Low level physical activity (walking, light jogging)
Day 2 = Moderate levels of Physical Activity (Weightlifting)
Day 3 = Heavy non-contact physical activity (Sports Specific Drills)
Day 4 = Non-contact sports specific practice.
Day 5 = Full contact practice
Day 6 = Unrestricted return to activity or return to competition.
A player may only move one step per day (24 hours)
If symptoms reoccur? ….24 hours rest, and drop back to the previous level.
MEDICAL CLEARANCE IS REQUIRED BEFORE FULL RTP
For the GAA’s current Concussion Management Guidelines and further educational resources including the association’s E-Learning course and dressing room poster please visit http://learning.gaa.ie/Concussion
A single payment of E300 will cover all your players and teams under the GAA Player Injury scheme