Sport related concussion and brain damage awareness
30 October 2014

Sport related concussion and brain damage awareness

Help minimise the risks associated with concussion and help save lives.

All episodes of concussion are serious, and can happen in any sport or recreational activity. A rest period is essential to allow recovery, and this must be of adequate length especially in children and young people.

Benjamin Robinson was 14 when he died as a result of sustaining a double concussion during a school rugby match in Northern Ireland. Following his tragic death, Learning Wales are taking action to raise awareness of the dangers of concussion, and have developed guidance on actions to take when a concussion is suspected.

This guidance includes a copy of the ‘Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool’ which sets out how to spot concussion and how to respond. It also includes a ‘Graduated Return To Play’ protocol as it is essential that an injured player does not return to training or full sport too early. The guidance has been circulated widely within education, health and sports settings. In particular, given their duties under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, Governing Bodies of maintained schools have been asked to ensure that all staff (and other partners brought in to deliver sporting activities) are made aware of this guidance, and that schools circulate the guidance as widely as possible – including to parents, children and young people.’

To access the guidance pack, please view here