Scottish Sports Concussion Guidance

If in doubt, sit them out

The following guidance is intended to provide information on how to recognise sports concussion and on how sports concussion should be managed from the time of injury through to safe return to play.

This information is intended for the general public and for grassroots sports participants where specialists in Sports and Exercise Medicine are not available to manage concussed athletes.

At all levels in all sports, if an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, they must be immediately removed from play. If in doubt, sit them out.

Any player with a second concussion within 12 months, a history of multiple concussions, players with unusual symptoms or prolonged recovery should be assessed and managed by health care providers (multidisciplinary) with experience in sports-related concussions.


Date published: 15 November 2016
Date updated: 09 February 2017


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