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An Interactive Look at Concussions in Sport

The interactive infographic below is focussed on US sports, but still provides some invaluable information about concussions.

Some important notes to take away include the following:

  • The majority of concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness. Stop playing even if you don’t lose consciousness;
  • A player does not need to hit his or her head to get a concussion. An intense blow to another part of the body, causing the head to jerk rapidly, can also cause a concussion;
  • A player suspected of having a concussion should not return to play until all post-concussion symptoms are gone. Experiencing a second concussion before the first has fully healed can lead to permanent brain damage and even death; and
  • Concussions may cause more prolonged damage in children than adults. Children should be monitored for concussion symptoms for more than 24 hours.
Please do click on the “What to do if you have a concussion” section for some great advice!

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Concussion infographic

About Ellaine

Ellaine is the founder of FRN and author of "Mini and Youth Rugby: Complete Guide for Coaches and Parents" (published October 2015). She has been playing rugby union for over 10 years in the UK and the US for teams including Oxford University Blues, London Wasps, Henley, NOVA, and GWU. She has recently developed a love for rugby 7s and has played on several international rugby 7s teams. She also enjoys playing touch rugby and regularly plays for the FRN Mixed Touch Rugby team. She is passionate about helping others develop a love for rugby. View all posts by Ellaine

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