Blue Card concussion management introduced for 2018 season

The Blue card concussion management protocol will be introduced to all Tasmanian Rugby competitions in 2018.

The move will allow referees to show players a blue card should they display signs of concussion on field, making the game safer for all involved. The player will not be able to play again until they undergo a mandatory medical check in the days following the match in which they were Blue Carded, and have to observe strict return-to-play timelines before returning to play. Blue Cards will also have to be recorded on the team sheet and reported in the RugbyLink competition management database.

Tasmanian rugby has run presentations for all clubs around the state to educate the rugby community on the seriousness of concussion, how to identify the signs and symptoms of concussion, and to answer any questions about the new protocol.

Rugby Australia’s Concussion Management guidelines are here

Members of the rugby community can also take a free online course on Concussion Management and the Blue Card system in the Rugby Learning Centre here

A guide on how to use the Rugby Learning Centre is here

For more information on the protocol or to request a presentation please contact us