Injuries are a part of any contact sport. Serious or life-threatening injury in Rugby is, however, rare. The outcome of many injuries can often be improved by very simple first aid skills from bystanders until emergency help arrives.
Our club medical handbook contains a section on concussion, and is based on the World Rugby Concussion Management protocols. It is intended to provide First Aiders,Team Managers and Lead Coaches with details of the Club’s procedures relating to the identification of and ongoing management thereafter for Concussion it can also serve as a very informative guide for players and parents alike.
Club Protocol on suspected concussion: as soon as a Team Medic reports a player as having a suspected concussion we monitor the assessment and treatment process. We operate a rigid policy of ‘No Clearance – No Play’ when it comes to suspected concussions and will place a player on the club concussion register, until cleared to play. We will only accept clearance from the dedicated Sports Concussion experts. To report a suspected concussion please use the Suspected Concussion Reporting Form.
It is important to remember that Concussion cannot be diagnosed by CT Scan, MRI or X Ray and as such normal Emergency Rooms can not diagnose concussion. In Dubai we are fortunate enough to have our sponsors Mediclinic, who employs our Chief Medical Officer – Dr Alan Kourie – and two dedicated Concussion Management Teams available to us currently : Up and Running and Valiant clinics. We work very closely with them throughout the treatment of any concussion related injuries, to ensure players are fit to return to play as soon as it is safe to do so. Through these healthcare providers we also liaise closely with school nurses who also have an active part to play in recovery.
If you have any further questions relating to concussion, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Club Medical Team or Sean Heckford on +971509129761..