This site aims to teach about concussion. Pupils can take the quiz to find out how much they already know and then work through each of the sections to find out more. The Pupil Activities section contains a range of activities from Key Stage 1 to Post 16 to reinforce the key messages and concepts about concussion.
The benefits of exercise and sport for children and young people are well known. Children who are active have stronger muscles and bones, are less likely to become overweight, have a lower risk of developing some illnesses and have a better outlook on life.
Taking part in sport has additional benefits such as improving co-ordination, flexibility and stamina while being part of a sports team provides a great sense of belonging and encourages life skills such as teamwork, goal-setting and self-control.
However accidents happen from time to time, on the sports pitch, in the school grounds or even at home and injury can occur. The animation explains a type of injury called a concussion.
Test your knowledge by taking the quiz. Start by choosing an answer to the first question.
As both a player and coach it is vital that we are aware of the signs and risks of concussion and equally as important that young people showing those signs are removed from participation until fully recovered. If any of my young athletes get a knock or show signs of concussion I immediately remove them from activity. As a player who has received countless stitches to my head there has never been a stage when I have returned to play after getting a knock. I fully endorse the message of 'IF IN DOUBT, SIT IT OUT'.
Experience has shown us that it is essential that Coaches and Teachers take a player out of a game or training if there is any suspicion that they have sustained a head injury and possible concussion. In Gaelic Games we have some excellent examples where coaches have taken the right decision and sat the player down despite it being an important game. The welfare of the player is paramount and takes precedence at all times over the result.
The IRFU strategy in relation to concussion education clearly identifies that everyone has a part to play. From player to coaches and parents to spectators we need to change the culture in relation to concussion. Our strategy is working, with more people than ever before talking and thinking about concussion education, and we are pleased to work with our colleagues in Ulster Rugby and the Department of Education on this important issue for all sports.
Concussion can happen anywhere from the school playground to sports pitches. It is important that we are all able to recognise the signs and symptoms of concussion, remove the person from the activity, report the incident to our teachers, coaches and parents, rest and return to activity once we have been given the all clear. Ulster Rugby and the IRFU encourage all schoolchildren to be aware of concussion and enjoy sports activity and we are therefore delighted to support this exciting initiative that places concussion at the forefront of our children's education.
If any child suffers a head injury and shows any signs of concussion they should be removed from that activity and be assessed by a qualified person. It is important that children, their parents, their coaches and other adults responsible for them are aware of risks associated with concussion. We all want children to possess a healthy and active lifestyle and it is equally important that all steps are made to keep them safe. The message is recognise, remove and assess and if in doubt sit it out.