Concussion

 

GAA & UPMC Concussion Network Training Event - Saturday 10th November @ Croke Park

UPMC Concussion Network Clinical Leads, Dr Enda Devitt (Galway GAA) & Dr Tadhg Crowley (Kilkenny GAA) along with UPMC Concussion Network Lead Physiotherapists, Una Ni Mhainin (Bon Secours Galway) & Derek O’Neill (UPMC Whitfield) recently completed a 3-day clinical training at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Programme, Pittsburgh, under the guidance of  Dr Michael ‘Micky’ Collins and his team, internationally renowned experts in sports-related concussion. They form part of a growing team of clinicians within the national UPMC Concussion Network who will support the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion team in delivering the GAA training event this November.  

 

Building on the national concussion symposia of the last two years, the recently launched UPMC Concussion Network and the GAA have created a training programme that will focus on diagnosis and evaluation tools for concussion, identifying types of concussions, and treatment and rehabilitation methods. The event, which will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Croke Park will adopt the “train-the-trainer” model in which GAA team doctors support the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion experts in delivering presentations, workshops and case study reviews.

This training event is specifically designed for inter-county team doctors and physiotherapists from Senior, U20/U21 and Minor Gaelic Football and Hurling squads, as well as those involved with Senior Inter-County Ladies Football and Camogie panels.. An application for CPD points has been made to the RCSI Faculty of Sports Medicine. The cost of the training event is being borne by the GAA. 

To register for this event please complete this registration form. You will recieve confirmation of your attendance within 7 days of your application.

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to doctors, physios or other medical professionals involved in Inter-County Gaelic Games. The intention is to expand the availability of this training in future years

Trainers attending include:

  • Dr. Michael “Micky” Collins  – UPMC clinical director
  • Dr. Anthony Kontos – UPMC director of research
  • Dr. Anne Mucha – UPMC clinical director
  • Dr. Niamh Lynch – consultant paediatrician, UPMC clinical lead
  • Dr. Enda Devitt – Galway GAA team doctor, UPMC clinical lead
  • Dr. Tadhg Crowley – Kilkenny GAA team doctor, UPMC clinical lead
  • Dr. Sean Moffatt – Mayo GAA team doctor, UPMC clinical lead
  • Aoife McMahon -- Bon Secours Cork, UPMC Concussion Network lead physiotherapist
  • Derek O’Neill – UPMC Whitfield, UPMC Concussion Network lead physiotherapist
  • Liam Moffatt – Mayo Sports Clinic, UPMC Concussion Network lead physiotherapist

The full agenda for the event will be available in the coming weeks and will be posted on this site when available. It will include a combination of presentations, practical workshops and case studies. Those attending will be invited to submit case studies for discussion if they wish to do so. The event is scheduled to run from 10am until circa 3pm on Saturday 10th November with registration from 9.15am.

If you have any queries in relation to the event please do not hesitate to contact the GAA's Player Welfare officer, Gearóid Devitt, gearoid.devitt@gaa.ie, 01-8658610.

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Concussion Poster 2015

Poster available at: http://learning.gaa.ie/sites/default/files/Concussion%20Poster%202016.pdf

Summary principles of GAA Concussion Management Guidelines

• Concussion is a brain injury that needs to be taken seriously to protect the short and long-term health and welfare of all players.
• 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. If In Doubt, Sit Them Out.
• Where a Team Doctor is present, he must advise the person in charge of the team (i.e. Team Manager) in this regard and the player must not be allowed to continue his participation in the game.
• Concussion diagnosis is a clinical judgement – Use of the SCAT 5 can aid the doctor in his/her diagnosis. If a full SCAT 5 assement has been deemed necessary the player should not return to play on the day.
• Concussion is an evolving injury. It is important to monitor the player after the injury for 24-48 hours.
• Adult players suspected of having a concussion, must have adequate rest of at least 24 - 48 hours and then must follow a gradual return to play (GRTP) protocol. Players must receive written medical clearance (from a doctor) and present to the person in charge of the team before returning to full contact training. Adult players should not return to full contact training/matches for at least 1 week from when the injury has first been diagnosed. (The GRTP should take at least 7 days for adult players)
• Players under the age of 18 suspected of having a concussion must rest for a minimum of 48 hours and then must follow a GRTP protocol. Players must receive written medical clearance from a doctor) and present to the person in charge of the team before returning to full contact training. Players under the age of 18 should not return to full contact training/matches for at least 2 weeks from when the injury has first been diagnosed. (It is recommended that the GRTP should take at least 14 days for players under the age of 18.)
• A graduated return to school/education strategy is also necessary. Communication between the doctor, parents and teachers is essential so that a flexible individualised plan alowing incremental progression from daily activities, school activities, return to school part time and return to school full time be implemented. No player should return to competitive sporting activity prior to being cleared to return to school.
• The vast majority of players can be managed locally by a doctor with the necessary skillsets, for example Team Doctor, GP, or Sports Medicine Doctor.
• A minority of players with prolonged symptoms (greater than 4 weeks for under-18s or greater than 10-14 days for adult players, players with recurrent injuries or experiencing educational difficulties) should be referred to an appropriate specialist or multidisciplinary clinic.
• All coaches should be made aware by players and/or parents if a player under their care has received a concussion in another sport/event.
• In children and adolescents, there is a risk of catastrophic injury from second impact syndrome if players are returned to play before they are recovered from concussion. 

The full guidelines are available to download by clicking here.


Resources

 

Concussion Management Guidelines February 2018

Concussion SCAT 5 - Medical Professional Use Only

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool

Information Sheet for Adult Player & Coaches of Adult Players

Information Sheet for Players (Age 5 -18)

Information Sheet for Coaches/Parent of Players(Age 5-18)  

Information Sheet for Referees