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IRFU Concussion Guidelines for the Domestic Game

These guidelines are to assist Senior and Junior players, coaches, referees and family members to understand the importance of recognising and properly managing players with concussion.

IRFU guidelines have been updated to reflect the latest medical advice from the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport which indicates that players who have suffered from a suspected or confirmed concussion should minimise complete rest to 24-48 hours, returning to normal every day activities and light exercise after this.

IRFU Guide To Concussion In The Amateur Game

Graduated Return To Play

The IRFU Graduated Return To Play (GRTP) protocol guides the player through the rehabilitation stages following a concussion or suspected concussion - IRFU Graduated Return To Play Wallet Card

There are suggested activities in each stage which may be used to gradually increase the amount, intensity and/or type of exercise that the player does in order to ensure a safe and successful return to sport.

For video advice on our Graduated Return To Play (GRTP) please click here.

Please refer to the IRFU Concussion wallet card and IRFU GRTP card for information on concussion and the graduated return to play protocol.

IRFU Guide To Concussion Wallet Card

IRFU Graduated Return To Play Wallet Card

IRFU Recognise & Remove Poster

If you would like concussion wallet cards or posters for your club or school, please email us

Further Information on Concussion

World Rugby Concussion Management Consensus Statement on concussion in sport - The 5th International Conference held in Berlin, October 2016.

The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5th Edition (SCAT5)

The Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5th Edition (Child SCAT5)

For information on IMPACT (a neurocognitive test that is used to help manage concussions) please click here https://impacttest.com/

Healthcare Professionals

NICE guidelines on concussion:


BJSM concussion blog: https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/tag/concussion/

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