The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Dane Court Grammar School take the issue of concussion very seriously. Those involved in rugby, teachers, players, parents, coaches, officials all have an important role in the prevention and management of concussion.
Concussions can occur in many situations in the school environment; any time that a student’s head comes into contact with a hard object such as the floor or a desk, or another student’s body. The potential is probably greatest during activities where collisions can occur such as in the playground, during sport and PE, and if doing activity during breaks. The nature of rugby means that concussion can occur in training and in matches.
Students may also get concussion when playing rugby or other activities out of school but come to school with the symptoms and signs. It is important that these situations are recognised, as the concussion can affect their academic performance and/or behaviour, as well as putting them at risk of more serious consequences if they sustain another concussion before recovery.
To ensure that students, parents and teachers are fully aware of what concussion is and we can all do what we can to ensure the safety of young people, we are asking you all to join us as a school and spend a few minutes educating yourself on concussion. Outlined below is a series of steps we would like parents and students to take:
- Watch the RFU’s Headcase video designed for students, parents and teachers alike (parents and students).
- If playing competitive rugby over the age of 14 spend 30 minutes going through the online concussion course.
- Report to the PE department and the school office if your son or daughter has had a suspected concussion outside of school.
- Ensure that your son and daughter does not take part in physical activity for 14 days after the suspected concussion. After which they follow the Graduate Return to Play guidelines set out by the RFU.
- Please all remember the 4 R’s Recognise, Remove, Recover and Return and if you suspect that you may have concussion then please report it to a teacher, parent and or a medical practitioner.
Signs of concussion can include the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
There is no specific treatment for concussion and no medication that can be taken to speed up recovery. The mainstay of treatment is rest; it is not practical to have complete rest but there are some things that should be avoided to aid recovery if they make symptoms worse:
- Alcohol – avoid
- TV and cinema – limit as guided by symptoms
- Computer or computer games – limit as guided by symptoms
- Sport and physical exertion. Walking is fine and graduated use of exertion may be used under medical supervision if symptoms are prolonged
- Reading or writing for long periods. Break up what needs to be done into short periods
Thank you for your support and if you have any problems please contact the PE Department. We all look forward to us continuing to play this great game that teaches young people so many wonderful things in a safe and exciting environment.
All staff at Dane Court Grammar involved in rugby have undergone the online training and Mr White attended the RFU’s training day in London.