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When can a concussed player return to rugby?

It is very important that the player does not go back to rugby or any other sport, if they have any concussion symptoms or signs. Return to sport and activity must follow a step-wise Graduated Return to Play (GRTP) (1.6MB).

They should not go back to rugby/sport until they have been cleared to do so by a doctor.

How long will it take to get better?

The signs and symptoms of a concussion often last for 7-10 days in adults but may last much longer, especially in younger players and children. In some cases, players may take many weeks or months to recover. Suffering previous concussions may increase the chance that the person may take longer to recover.

Remember the 4 Rs:

Recognise the signs and symptoms (PDF 859KB)

Remove the player from play (PDF 859KB)

Recover fully before returning to sport (PDF 859KB)

Return only after following a Graduated Return to Play (1.6MB)

Read more... (PDF 804KB)

Download the concussion assessment tool – Pocket SCAT3 (PDF 128KB)

These RFU Concussion resources have been developed based on the Zurich Guidelines published in the Consensus Statement on Concussion in sport, and adapted for rugby by the International Rugby Board

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The information contained in this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice or care. If you believe that you or someone under your care has sustained a concussion we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health care professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The authors have made responsible efforts to include accurate and timely information. However they make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content on this site.


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