Don't be a Headcase

Concerned about concussion? Want to know how you can help prevent and manage concussion injuries? We have online training courses as part of the 'Don't be a Headcase' education programme - these are available now on the website.

HEADCASE Resources

It is recommended that you read through the information relevant to your role in rugby before using the following resources:

Assessment of concussion (PDF 859kb)

Graduated Return to Play (GRTP) (PDF 1.6MB)

Headway Minor Injury Advice (PDF 37KB)

Community Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (2012/13 season report) (PDF 640KB)

Youth Injury Audit Report (PDF 2MB)

RFU Emergency First Aid course

RFU Immediate Care in Sport course

IRB Player Welfare and Concussion advice

HEADCASE pitchside advice card. Download here (PDF 3.7MB), or to order free copies of this card please send your name, address and the amount needed to 

HEADCASE changing room poster (PDF 2.85MB)

HEADCASE printer-friendly poster (PDF 2MB) 

The information contained in this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice or care. If you believe that you or someone under your care has sustained a concussion we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health care professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The authors have made responsible efforts to include accurate and timely information. However they make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content on this site.

Recognise, Remove, Recover & Return

Simply apply the '4Rs' of concussion to learn how to recognise signs and symptoms, when a player should be removed from the pitch, how best to recover, and when it’s appropriate to return to play.


Coaches Your players' health is the most important thing, take the online course to learn how to protect your whole team.

Match Officials If in doubt - sit them out. Learn how you can have the confidence to manage a suspected concussion during a game.


Players Find out why it’s important to tell someone how you feel - and be honest if you think you might have been concussed.