While statistically rugby has a lower incidence of concussion than football, cheerleading, basketball, lacrosse and other popular youth sports, the chance of concussion or brain injury is always possible in a fast moving game involving contact. New Mexico Youth Rugby (NMYR) takes the issue of player safety, health and specifically concussions and brain injury very seriously, and together with USA Rugby has enacted the following concussion guidelines and policy in accordance with the law of New Mexico.
NMYR and USA Rugby require that ALL rugby players, coaches, staff, parents, referees, volunteers, and even fans follow these five basic steps when dealing with suspected concussions:
The NMYR's Concussion Policy follows the guidelines of "Know The 5 R's" and is in accordance with the law of the State of New Mexico:
Following a concussion or suspected concussion the management of the GRTP protocol will be undertaken with the full cooperation of the player in order to return the player to play. The GRTP starts once the medical professional has cleared the player in writing as having not had a concussion and being symptom free, or if after a concussion was diagnosed by the medical professional the player has rested for the mandatory 14 days and then been cleared in writing by the medical professional as being symptom free.
The GRTP requires five steps for the graduated return to play, where at each step the player is determined to still be symptom free. The GRTP steps are:
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your coaches. More details on the GRTP process as dictated by USA Rugby and the International Rugby Board can be found at the link below: