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.
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/she 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
For more information
The GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee has devised an e- Learning module which aims to help recognise the signs and symptoms of concussion and understand the principles of managing the injury. We encourage all players, coaches and parents to avail of this resource and familiarise themselves with the symptoms and return to play procedures.
CONCUSSION MUST BE TAKEN EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY
A single payment of E300 will cover all your players and teams under the GAA Player Injury scheme.