Concussion – The Facts

  • A concussion is a brain injury that alters how your brain works
  • Concussion results from a blow to your head or body that transmits a force to your brain – e.g. being hit by an opponent, falling onto the ground, being hit by a ball or stick
  • Most concussions don’t result in a loss of consciousness
  • Concussions can occur in any sport
  • Early recognition of concussions and proper management leads to much better outcomes.
  • If you think you may have suffered a concussion it is VITAL you don’t return to play that day and seek advice from a health care professional.

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The first UK-wide Concussion Guidelines for Grassroots Sport has been published which will help players, coaches, parents, schools, National Governing Bodies and sports administrators to identify, manage and prevent Concussion issues.

‘If in doubt, sit them out’ is the strapline, making clear no-one should return to sport within 24 hours of a suspected concussion.

Players, parents, coaches, teachers and administrators are now asked to read the guidance and familiarise themselves with the necessary steps to:

  • RECOGNISE the signs of concussion;
  • REMOVE anyone suspected of being concussed immediately and;
  • RETURN safely to daily activity, education/work and, ultimately, sport.

The guidelines include a recommendation to call NHS 111 within 24 hours of a potential concussion, to rest and sleep as much as needed for the first 24 to 48 hours and avoid using devices which involve screen time.

In addition, a graduated return to activity such as work, education and sport is advised to reduce the risks of slow recovery, further brain injury and longer-term problems. Individuals should be assessed by an appropriate healthcare professional if symptoms persist for more than four weeks.