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Concussion - a must read for all players and parents.

2 years ago By Nick Bradley

"It was massively important for me to know the symptoms and to know how important it is to be honest"

“It was massively important for me to know the symptoms and to know how important it is to be honest, the consequences of not being honest, and then to know that I would have the correct care.” Mike Brown

Dr Mike England, RFU Medical Director for Game Development, believes the recent high profile case of England full back Mike Brown showed there had been cultural change in the game. Brown suffered concussion in a match against France on 19 March but took an extended break and only returned to full training in June.


RWC 2015 protocols are the most advanced of any rugby event ever, and arguably the most advanced of any sporting event

“It was massively important for me to know the symptoms and to know how important it is to be honest, and the consequences of not being honest, and then to know that I would have the correct care.” said Brown.

“And having that honesty from the RFU medical team about how they are going to look after me and what I needed to do.

“It’s reassuring for me and the players around me to know that if they go through the same they’ll get similar care.”

The protocols that operate at the Rugby World Cup 2015 are the most advanced of any rugby event ever, and arguably the most advanced of any sporting event with medics having use of Hawk-Eye cameras to help spot possible head impact injuries.

At amateur levels of the game, strides have also been made to increase education and awareness.

All new coaches must complete an RFU Rugby Ready course which includes concussion awareness and education through the IRB Rugby Ready Manual. On average, around 8,500 coaches and referee complete the course each year.

All RFU Licensed coaches (around 9,500), have to undertake concussion education through the RFU Rugby Smart Course

Education features the 4 Rs – Remove, Rest, Recover, Return.

Children: a minimum of 23 days from the date of injury

All RFU Licensed coaches (around 9,500), have to undertake concussion education through the RFU Rugby Smart Course, in order to maintain their license. This includes a face-to-face presentation and provision of “Don’t be a Headcase” Resources.

In addition, the RFU launched a stand-alone one hour concussion education module, which is delivered to existing coaches, teachers, referees and players during the Continual Personal Development programme.

The main thrust of the education is the four Rs – Remove, Rest, Recover, Return.

Dr England stressed the importance of amateur players in understanding that resources differ wildly in terms of medical assessments compared to the professional game.

“That’s why we very simply adopt the principle of Recognise and Remove and then you Recover and Return to play in a sensible, structured way.

“And for children it is a minimum of 23 days from the date of injury but they must be symptom free and they must have completed the graduated return to play protocols.”

Six stages of the Graduated Return to Play Protocol for all levels:


Minimum rest period
Light aerobic exercise
Sport-specific exercise
Non-contact training drills
Full practice contact
Return to Play

For more information visit www.englandrugby.com/concussion.

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