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Concussion Management

Concussion

Saskatchewan number one priority is player safety and adheres to World Rugby Policy of 'Recognize and Remove' when dealing with concussions or suspected concussions. Any player suspected or suffering from concussions should be immediately removed from the training sessions or match, and not permitted to return until they have completed a full return to play protocol and cleared by a physician. 

Recognizing Concussions 

If any of the following signs of symptoms are present following an injury the player should be suspected of having concussion and immediately removed from play or training:

Any one or more of the following visual cues indicate a concussion:

  • Dazed,  blank or vacent look 
  • Confused/ not aware of plays or events 
  • Laying motionless on the ground/ slow get up 
  • Unsteady on feet/balance problems or falling over/ incoordination 
  • Loss of consciousness or responsiveness 
  • Confused/ not aware of plays or events 
  • Grabbing/ clutching of head 
  • More emotional/ irritable than normal for that person 
  • Seizure 

Presence of any one or more of the following signs and symptoms may suggest a concussion:

  • Headache 
  • Dizziness 
  • Mental clouding, confusion or feeling slowed down 
  • Visual problems 
  • Nausea or vomitting 
  • Fatigue 
  • Drowsiness/ feeling like 'in a fog'/ difficulty concentrating 
  • 'Pressure in head' 
  • Sensitivity to light or noise 

Anyone on or around the rugby pitch has a responsibility to be aware of the symptoms of concussion and are encouraged to complete World Rugby’s online Concussion Management module to learn more. 

Next steps

If you or a loved one has been suspected of a concussion we encourage call SK HealthLine at 811 or 1 (877)-800-0002 or see a physician.