Match Officials

Match Officials are important when it comes to concussion

Match Officials have an important role in the prevention and management of concussion.

Through the correct and consistent application of the laws of the game, they are able to influence players and their coaches' behaviour towards concussion.

If you suspect concussion, you should ask for the player to be removed from play right away. Continuing to play increases their risk of more severe, longer-lasting concussion symptoms, as well as increasing their risk of other injury.

Even if a player is cleared to play by a team doctor and you are concerned that they continue to show signs or symptoms of concussion, you should remind the doctor of their responsibilities to the player.

Remember 'The 4 Rs'

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms
  • Remove the player from play
  • Recover fully before returning to sport
  • Return only after following a Graduated Return to Play

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.