Learn the “5 Rs” of concussion awareness
Rugby Ohio places player welfare and safety at the top of our priorities. Especially when speaking about concussions and/or head injuries. Our concussion policy is intended to follow World Rugby regulation 10, and follows the “5 Rs” of concussion awareness: Recognize, Remove, Refer, Recover and Return.
Official Rugby Ohio Concussion Policy
If a player shows symptoms of concussion before, during or after a match, that player must be removed from play immediately, not to return during the match. No Exceptions.
The player needs to be evaluated by appropriate medical staff. Best practice would be evaluation by a medical physician who has training in concussion evaluation and management. A player must do this before returning to play rugby in any form.
If a concussion is diagnosed, that player must sit out of activity with full rest for the minimum guidelines listed: Youth and High School players – 2 weeks (14 full days) and be symptom free before beginning the 5 day Graduated Return to Play Protocols, not returning to contact rugby before GRTP is fully complete and the player remains symptom free.
Once a player is cleared by a physician, they should be closely monitored for any lingering symptoms by coaches, parents, teammates and medical staff and be removed from play immediately if symptoms occur.