Concussion is a brain injury caused by trauma that transmits force to the brain either directly or indirectly and results in impairment of brain function. A player can sustain a concussion without losing consciousness. Concussion is associated with a wide spectrum of signs and symptoms that resolve sequentially. Concussion reflects a functional rather than a gross structural injury and standard neuro-imaging typically appears normal. SARU views concussion extremely seriously. SARU therefore insists that every role player, involved in all rugby played within South Africa, gives the highest level of attention to the most current evidence-based, internationally accepted, best practice standards of prevention, identification, treatment and management of players suspected of having a concussion or those who have been diagnosed with a concussion.

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