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Regulation 10.1 Concussion Underline 11 May, 2011
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) passed a document on concussion in Zurich in 2008. The International Rugby Board (IRB) then developed it into a policy document which is now known as Regulation 10.1.

The original Zurich consensus document was on the following key points:

  • Science is evolving
  • Clinical judgment is the cornerstone of the policy
  • Player with diagnosed concussion should not be allowed to return to play on the day of injury
  • Key tools for management
    – SCAT 2 and Pocket SCAT
    – Modifying factors
  • Gradual return to play protocol once symptom free at rest
    – Children and adolescents
  • Medical clearance before return to play
The Zurich document was adamant that anyone with a suspected concussion should not be allowed to play on the day of concussion or allowed to participate once diagnosed for 21 days.

Therefore the formulation of IRB regulation 10.1 (Download PDF version of the regulation)

  • No play or training for 21 days and then only if symptom free and declared fit after medical examination with written report
  • 21 days period may be reduced if player symptom free and declared fit by a neurological specialist with written report
  • 21 days minimum stand down in age grade rugby
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