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Recognise and Remove

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  • Wed 3 September, 2014
Concussion in Rugby: Recognise and Remove

Maggie Alphonsi, Emilee Cherry, Keven Mealamu, Sergio Parrise, Dr. Jamie Roberts join together for the IRB's concussion promo.

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.

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