Recognise and Remove
The World Rugby Recognise and Remove message incorporates 6 'Rs':
Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion so you understand when an athlete might have a suspected concussion.
If an athlete has a concussion or even a suspected concussion he or she must be removed from play immediately.
Once removed from play, the player should be referred immediately to a qualified healthcare professional who is trained in evaluating and treating concussions.
Players must rest from exercise until symptom-free and then start a Graduated Return to Play. World Rugby recommends a more conservative return to play for children and adolescents.
Full recovery from the concussion is required before return to play is authorized. This includes being symptom-free. Rest and specific treatment options are critical for the health of the injured participant.
In order for safe return to play in Rugby, the athlete must be symptom-free and cleared in writing by a qualified healthcare professional who is trained in evaluating and treating concussions. The athlete completes the GRTP (Graduated Return to Play) protocol.