USA Rugby Concussion Clarification

In a letter to all referees and coaches, USA Rugby’s Dr. Harry Laws clarified that there is no “Brain Bin” for any USA rugby competitions except elite international level contests.

Referees and coaches are directed to follow IRB Regulation 10, which in summary requires:

“All players with suspected concussion where there is no appropriately qualified person is present to diagnose concussion must be removed from the field of play and
not return to play or train on the same day and should be reviewed by an appropriately qualified person and then should complete the graduated return to play
protocol described in the IRB Concussion Guidelines”
; and furthermore

Where concussion is diagnosed, a player must be removed from the field of play and not return to play or train on the same day and must be guided through a dedicated return to play protocol.

IRB policy was reinforced in a press release at the World Rugby Conference: If in doubt, sit it out.

USA Rugby posted a link to IRB’s Statement on Concussions:
http://usarugby.org/concussions/irb

and to IRB’s Player Welfare website, which devotes considerable attention to concussions as well as other player safety issues:
www.IRBPlayerwelfare.com

SAFETY FIRST!

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