Summary principles of GAA Concussion Management Guidelines

– Concussion is a brain injury that needs to be taken seriously to protect the long term welfare of all players
– Any player suspected of having sustained a concussion, should be removed immediately from the field and should not return to play on the same day
– Where a Team Doctor is present, he should advise the person in charge of the team i.e. the Team Manager, in this regard and the player must not be allowed to continue his participation in the game
– Concussion is an evolving injury therefore it is important to monitor the player after the injury for progressive deterioration
– Concussion diagnosis is a clinical judgement – Use of the SCAT 3 can aid the doctor in his /her diagnosis
– Players suspected of having a concussion, must have adequate rest of at least 24 hours and then must follow a Gradual Return to Play Protocol.
– Players must receive medical clearance (by a doctor) before returning to play

E-Learning Module on Concussion Awareness

The GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee has devised an e-Learning module which aims to help players, coaches and parents recognise the signs and symptoms of concussion and understand the principles of managing the injury.  The module will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and there is a quiz at the end.



  1. Click on the below link
  2. Check to ensure that pop-ups are unblocked (Unblock pop-ups)NB – The module will not open if pop-ups are not unblocked.


Signs and Symptoms

Contrary to popular belief, most concussion injuries occur without a loss of consciousness and so it is important to recognise the other signs and symptoms of concussion.  A symptom is something a player will feel whilst a sign is something a team-mate or coach will notice.

A player may experience: A coach/parent/team-mate/referee may notice a player:
– Headache or Pressure – Appears Dazed or Stunned
– Nausea – Is Confused about Position
– Balance or Dizziness problems – Forgets an Instruction
– Double or Blurry Vision – Unsure of Game Details
– Sensitivity to Light/Noise – Moves Clumsily
– Feeling Sluggish/Hazy/Groggy – Answers Questions Slowly
– Concentration/Memory Problems – Loses Consciousness (even briefly)
– Confusion – Shows Mood/Behaviour/Personality Change
– Does not ‘Feel Right’ or ‘Feeling “Down” – Forgets Events ‘Prior’ to or ‘After’ Hit or Fall
– Nothing!!