New Rugby Union Concussion rules

Sporting head injuries and their dangers are increasingly in the public eye, following a number of high profile head injuries in the 2014 Brazil World Cup.  Whilst the new football season has seen the Premier League adopt tighter rules to protect players with head injury, the sport of rugby union has now followed suit.

Rugby Union Concussion rules

Rugby union has recently announced concussion new rules including:

  • Doubling the time for doctors to assess a player for concussion to 10 minutes
  • Requiring all players, coaches and officials to take and pass a training course to improve the awareness and understanding of concussion.  Penalties of non-compliance include fines and suspensions
  • The pitch-side memory test has been strengthened and the balance test altered
  • All medical teams at Premiership grounds and Twickenham will have access to replays to help their decision making
  • Any player with confirmed or suspected concussion cannot re-enter the game
  • An independent review of the on-field management of all head injuries during Premiership and England matches

'If in doubt, sit them out'

Commenting on the changes Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway the brain injury association, applauded rugby union for taking the issue of concussion seriously.  He also emphasised that in conducting the off-pitch assessments the message must be, 'if in doubt, sit them out'.

Head Injury UK: Head Injury Claim Experts

Players in any contact sport need to understand how easily their brain can be injured, sometimes with lifelong consequences.  They also need to know the dangers of not managing head injuries properly and continuing to play, which is why we support the positive step rugby union is taking in assessing concussion.  If you or a loved one has been affected by traumatic brain injury caused by someone else, please contact Ian Shovlin or call on 0800 073 0988.



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