All concussion needs to be taken seriously and anyone suspected of a concussion/head injury will require a formal medical assessment.
If there are any concerns, they should be removed from the field of play and cleared medically before they can return.
The player who is concussed is often not ‘knocked out’ but merely might seem slightly off-kilter, it can therefore be difficult to recognise a concussion. In these situations an umpire should seek the assistance from the person of authority from within the team. Similarly a coach should not expect a player to return to play unless he has been given the all-clear.
Once a concussion is diagnosed, the brain takes time to recover, just like any other injury. It needs rest and then it will take six days for a graded return. This means they will not play any subsequent part in the game.
The player will need to undergo a graded return to play.
- In these situations, a player should be advised medical advice/instruction. Similarly, a coach should not expect a player to return to play unless he has been given the all-clear.
- Umpires who are concerned about a player’s welfare, in relation to a head injury, should seek the assistance from the person of authority from within the team i.e. captain or coach. If there is any doubt, even if the player suggests they are ok, the player should leave the field for assessment
- In junior cricket, in the event of a head injury to a player under 16 yrs of age, the responsible adult needs to invoke their Duty of Care and seek appropriate care
- In the event of a concussion in the professional game, specific guidelines should be followed in relation to on and off-field management
ECB Concussion Factsheet - Coaches
ECB Concussion Factsheet - Umpires