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Youth Sports Concussion Awareness Leaflet, 22/01/14 [S]

The Scottish Government has published guidance for coaches, teachers and parents on how to recognise signs and symptoms of concussion amongst young people taking part in sport.

Concussion is a disturbance in brain function caused by a direct or indirect force to the head. It results in a variety of non-specific signs/and or symptoms and most often does not involve loss of consciousness. Any young person suspected of having concussion must be immediately removed from play and be medically assessed. After a concussion young people should rest for 14 days and medical clearance should be sought before returning to play.

The guidance will be sent to all sport governing bodies and schools across Scotland and is supported by the Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Football Association and sportscotland. It advises coaches, teachers and parents on how to identify the signs of concussion, what action to take and ‘if in doubt, sit them out’.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Youth Sports Concussion Awareness Leaflet