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Concussion Policy - April 20th 2015

Player health and welfare is of paramount importance to us all at St Jude’s GAA Club. Contact sports, by their very nature, bring about collisions and a hit to the head can happen at any time.

 “A concussion is a brain injury that is associated with a temporary loss of brain function. The injury must be taken seriously to protect the long-term welfare of all players. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.” (GAA Care)

It is important that Coaches / Parents and Players inform themselves of the signs and symptoms of concussion injuries. Some symptoms develop immediately while other symptoms may appear gradually over time.  Remember also that concussion injuries most often occur without a loss of consciousness

Signs and Symptoms – observed by Coaching Staff / Parent / Mentor

  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of the game, score or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Shows mood, behaviour or personality change
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall
  • Inappropriate playing behaviour

Signs and Symptoms reported by Player

  • Headache or pressure
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not ‘feel right’ or is ‘feeling down’

One or more of the above signs and symptoms may suggest a concussion and the player should be.

  • removed from play
  • evaluated by a health care professional – do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.

If diagnosed with concussion, a player should NEVER return to play on the day of injury. Return to play must follow a medically supervised stepwise approach and players MUST NEVER return to play whilst symptoms persist (GAA Care)


Juvenile players’ parents/guardians should be informed about the possible concussion, indicating the signs and symptoms to watch out for post injury

Recovering from concussion should not be rushed, nor should pressure be applied to players to resume playing until recovery is complete. Risk of re-injury is high and may lead to recurrent concussion (Concussion in Sport, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland)

 “A player’s brain needs time to heal after a concussion.  When a player’s brain is still healing, it is more likely to receive another concussion. Repeat concussions can increase the time it takes to recover and in rare cases, repeat concussions in young players can result in brain swelling or permanent damage to their brain.  They can even be fatal.” (Concussion Information for Players, GAA Care).

 The GAA have issued very useful Information Sheets on Concussion for Coaches / Parents and Players and these can be downloaded from http://learning.gaa.ie/node/85165.

References and for more information / some useful videos please visit the following sites:

http://learning.gaa.ie/sites/default/files/Concussion-Information-for-Players.pdf  http://www.abiireland.ie/sports_concussion.html  http://www.abiireland.ie/docs/ConcussioninSport.pdf  http://www.abiireland.ie/docs/ConcussionandGaelicGames.pdf  http://www.irishrugby.ie/concussion



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