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Helpful Infomation

Handling Concussion

The Key Facts

  • Concussion is a brain injury
  • Early rest is key to a good recovery
  • Feeling better is not the same as the brain having recovered
  • All players diagnosed with concussion should follow Return to Sport Guidance
  • There are risks. These are significantly reduced if the brain is allowed to recover before being put at risk of further injury

Signs and symptons of concussion

There are many signs and symptoms that may suggest a concussion has occurred and there may be only one symptom present, or multiple signs and symptoms. 

One or more of the following symptoms may be present: 

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness / fatigue
  • More emotional or sadness
  • Blurred vision, sensitivity to light
  • Irritable
  • Difficulty remembering or amnesia
  • “Don’t feel right”

Worrying symptoms

If any of the following signs or symptoms develop you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Deteriorating consciousness
  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Persistent double vision or deafness
  • Increasing confusion or irritability
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizure (fit) or convulsions
  • Weakness or tingling/burning in arms/legs
  • Unusual behavior change

Recovery and Return to Sport

  • Early rest, with plenty of sleep, is key to making a good recovery
  • Feeling better, while reassuring, is not the same as the brain having recovered
  • All players should follow return to sport guidance: 14 days of relative rest with no sporting activity. Once complete, and if symptom free, they can progress gradually returning to play
  • No player should take part in any matches, for any sport, until a minimum of 23 days after the injury

All players should be reviewed by a healthcare professional before returning to play

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