Management of Suspected Concussions

Clubs should ensure that all coaches and referees are aware of the RFU’s HEADCASE concussion guidelines. This states that any player who has a suspected concussion should be removed from play immediately and undertake a minimum rest period as stated in the Return to Play Programme.

Clubs should have a process in place to ensure that parents are informed if their child is suspected of suffering from concussion. Parents should be asked to inform the school/college if their child has a suspected concussion as the Return to Play Programme may affect their academic studies and other activities.

Remember: There is NO Head Injury Assessment (HIA) process in the community game. This includes all age grade and adult games and competitions.

If a player is suspect­ed of having a concussion, they must be removed from play immediately and not return to the game. “If in doubt, sit them out”. This must be adhered to irrespective of the qualification/profession of the individual providing the pitch-side first aid and/or immediate care provision.

The HEADCASE online awareness modules, concussion management guidelines and other resources for clubs, players and parents are all on the HEADCASE website.

These include:

U19’s Concussion Management Guidelines

Adult Concussion Management Guidelines


Ensure you are delivering a safe and enjoyable rugby programme and can demonstrate how it is RugbySafe.