What is Concussion?
Concussion is a brain injury that needs to be taken seriously to protect the short and long-term health and welfare of all players.
How should Concussion or Suspected Concussion be managed?
If there are any signs leading to the suspicion of concussion, a player should be removed immediately from the field of play pending a full medical assessment (the impact itself may on occasion be considered an indicator even in the absence of any immediate symptoms).
A player suspected of sustaining/having sustained a concussion should not return to play on the same day. Subsequently a satisfactory, supervised return to play protocol must be completed, followed by medical approval, prior to return to play.
The key message is: If In Doubt, Sit Them Out.
Concussion Management Guidelines for Gaelic Games:
Guideline Document can be downloaded HERE
Information Poster can be downloaded HERE
If the injury occured during a GAA training or practice match, and the other terms of the GAA Injury Benefit fund are met, costs for such consulatations other than related physiotherapy treatment, can be claimed via the Injury Benefit Fund.
Phone: +353 (0)51376827
UPMC Sports Medicine: Sports Medicine | UPMC Whitfield Hospital
UPMC Concussion Network: The UPMC Concussion Network Ireland
ONLINE GAA CONCUSSION RESOURCES HERE
Concussion Awareness - Ryan Mellon, Ulster GAA