Presentation and mechanisms of concussion in professional Rugby League football

Hinton-Bayre, A. D., Geffen, G. and Friis, P. (2004) Presentation and mechanisms of concussion in professional Rugby League football. Journal of Science and Medicine In Sport, 7 3: 400-404. doi:10.1016/S1440-2440(04)80035-5


Author Hinton-Bayre, A. D.
Geffen, G.
Friis, P.
Title Presentation and mechanisms of concussion in professional Rugby League football
Journal name Journal of Science and Medicine In Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-2440
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1440-2440(04)80035-5
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 400
End page 404
Total pages 5
Place of publication Dickson
Publisher Sports Medicine Australia
Language eng
Abstract The present study prospectively recorded the circumstances, incidence, mechanisms, injury detection and presentation of concussion in Rugby League. Forty-three consecutive concussions were recorded over three competitive seasons in 175 professional Rugby League players. Data showed (i) the incidence of concussion ranged from 5.9 to 9.8 injuries/1000 player hours across grades - except when age-group players were mismatched (18.4); (ii) 'head-high tackles' accounted for a significant number of concussions; (iii) concussion rarely involved a loss of consciousness with the most common indicators of concussion being amnesia, headache and unsteadiness, with the mechanism of injury often missed; and (iv) concussion often occurs concurrently with other injuries. Concussion (including repeated episodes) is a common injury in Rugby League. Systematic mental status questioning is warranted whenever concussion is suspected. Coaches, trainers and players need more education in the recognition and management of concussion. Stricter penalties for illegal 'head-high' tackling are strongly recommended.
Keyword Sport Sciences
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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