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Concussion/Head Injury
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Swelling of the brain tissue is usually how people describe concussion. It is particularly common in contact sports (i.e. boxing, rugby union, league, and football) where accidents occur when opponents collide with one another. Symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Unconsciousness

  • Loss of memory

  • Disorientation

  • Headaches

  • Drowsiness

  • Visual distortion

Those neurological signs outlined above should be considered seriously due to the nature of long-term permanent effects and in some cases life threatening. In most cases it is highly recommended that the injured person be taken to an A & M clinic or A & E department at a hospital for 24 48 hours of observation.

Stand down period

Head injuries that occur in sport have a stand down period where they are prohibited to play for a specified period of time (i.e. NZ rugby union rules state that a player shall not play rugby for a minimum of 3 weeks or 12 days.

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