What is Concussion?

Concussion is a brain injury which occurs after sustaining an injury to the head through an object forcefully coming into contact with the head. Concussion can frequently occur in contact sports such as Rugby or American Football. 

Studies to monitor and investigate the affects of concussion on the individual sports person and to understand its impact are currently being undertaken, alongside redeveloping the guidelines around how concussion is treated when it occurs through sporting activity.

These studies take place in partnership with major sporting bodies such as the Sport and Recreation Alliance , charities such as Headway and the British Government.

Concussion at Rugby World Cup 2019

Concussion injuries are set to be a major talking point at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. World Rugby's concussion advisory group has taken steps to ensure continued player welfare is at the forefront during the sport's showpiece tournament.

The present rules state any player from a team's squad who is replaced due to injury can then take no further part in the event. While this, in part, was to cover an easy-to-diagnose broken arm - concussion is a far more sensitive subject due to the unpredictability of its effects.

Teams from Japan, Ireland, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USA, Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay and Wales will be competing for the top prize between 20 September and 2 November 2019.

Specialist Concussion Clinic

In collaboration with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Rugby Football Union and Football Association, The Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) has established a service to aid elite and recreational athletes with issues problems after concussion. 

Listen to the HCA Healthcare UK podcast on Concussion

There’s no denying the increased dangers of injury when participating in contact sports. This is true of concussions - which guest, former England rugby union star, Kyran Bracken can testify to.

We discover you have to be “knocked out” to be concussed. And if you do ever experience dizziness or blurred vision, after a bang on the head, see a doctor as soon as you can.