Concussion information for the general public 

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CONCUSSION RECOGNITION AND MANAGEMENT (INFORMATION FOR NON MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS)


WHAT IS CONCUSSION?

Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function. Concussion is caused by a biomechanical force or hit, to the head or body, transmitted to the brain. One may be concussed with or without loss of consciousness.

Concussion is an underdiagnosed condition which is important to recognize and manage appropriately. While diagnosis needs to be done by a health care professional, any person can assess whether concussion has occurred using the Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT5)It is a good idea to print out this document and keep it available when working with or around horses.
 
Please make sure to seek professional advice whenever concussion is suspected.
 
More detailed information on concussion aimed at health care professionals can be found here.

Protective headgear is an essential element of protection against a number of head injuries. For additional information, please click here.

 

FOR FEI OFFICIALS: CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT AT FEI EVENTS

The FEI's Doctor's Pack includes a flow chart that explains the steps to be taken if a concussion is supected at an FEI Event.

 

References

The FEI’s general regulatory requirements on athlete safety and welfare are set out in the FEI General Regulations.

Additional discipline-specific requirements may be found in the relevant Sports rules.

Anti-Doping matters are regulated in the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).

These documents can be found in the “Rules” section in the main menu toolbar of this website. Please use your cursor to select within the dropdown list.

 

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