The Camogie Association has adopted the GAA Guidelines for Concussion as official policy.
The GAA has led the way in concussion awareness and education since the publication of the association’s first statement on concussion in 2007.
Since the publication of the most recent concussion management guidelines in 2013, extensive education has taken place at all levels of the association through various programmes and initiatives including seminars, workshops, information sheets, posters and an e-learning course available to players, members, administrators, referees and coaches.
In 2016 and 2017 the Camogie Association was represented at the GAA Concussion Symposiums held in Croke Park in association with Bon Secours Health System and UPMC International. These events have helped to further increase awareness in relation to ongoing research and advances in treatment in this area.
The documents below contain details based on the most recent guidelines published by the GAA Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee in 2018. It is intended as a master guideline to those involved in the sport and as an assistance to players, coaches, referee’s and medics in understanding and managing suspected concussion at all levels of the game. In these documents, the Camogie Association reaffirms its position that if there are any signs leading to a suspicion of a concussion for a player, at any level or any age, the player should be removed immediately from play, and not return to action on the same day (the impact itself may on occasion be considered an indicator in this context, even in the absence of any immediate symptoms).
The Camogie Association is also adopting and promoting the GAA Information Sheets on Concussion for Players, Young Players (5-18 year olds), Coaches, Parents and Referees.
Concussion eLearning Course
What is Concussion?
- Concussion is a brain injury that needs to be taken seriously to protect the short and long-term health and welfare of all players.
How should Concussion or Suspected Concussion be managed?
- If there are any signs leading to the suspicion of concussion, a player should be removed immediately from the field of play pending a full medical assessment (the impact itself may on occasion be considered an indicator even in the absence of any immediate symptoms). A player suspected of sustaining/having sustained a concussion should not return to play on the same day. Subsequently a satisfactory, supervised return to play protocol must be completed, followed by medical approval, prior to return to play.
- The key message is: If In Doubt, Sit Them Out.
Concussion Management Guidelines for Gaelic Games:
Concussion management guidelines can be found above.
Gaelic Games Concussion Awareness eLearning Course:
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