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FA Concussion Guidelines

Providing helpful information about how to recognise and manage a concussion – from the time of injury through to a player's safe return to football.

Professional and elite level players sometimes have access to an enhanced level of medical care which means that their concussion and their return to play can be managed in a more closely monitored way. In this situation only, the guidelines for return to play in an enhanced care setting may be followed. These guidelines are based on current evidence and examples of best practice taken from other sports and organisations around the world, including the Rugby Football Union, World Rugby and the Cross-Sports Scottish Sports Concussion Guidance. Advice has also been sought from The FA’s Expert Panel on Concussion and Head Injury in Football. The guidelines are in line with the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport issued by the Fifth International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Berlin 2016. This version has been updated as of August 2019 . While these guidelines aim to reflect ‘best practice’, all accept that there is a current lack of evidence in respect to their effectiveness in preventing longterm harm. The FA will continue to monitor research and consensus in the area of concussion and update these guidelines accordingly.

Download a copy of the full guidelines document  here. or access http://www.thefa.com/learning/coaching/the-fas-concussion-guidelines