Sport concussion

Headway's minor brain injury campaign poster from 2010. Shows a footballer sitting on the pitch with his head in his hands, with text below including the message 'If in doubt, get it checked out'If you have had a minor head injury and play contact sports, make sure you seek medical advice before continuing to play.

Repeated minor head injuries can have cumulative effects and it is dangerous to expose yourself to the risk of a second injury while still recovering from the first one. Sports such as rugby have a compulsory rest period, followed by a gradual return to play following a concussion, but other sports such as football have less rigorous rules.

Consult your doctor and don't feel rushed to return to contact sport until you are ready.

The documents and links in the Related resources section provide useful tools for players, coaches, officials and medical professionals. 

If in doubt, sit it out

Find out more about our concussion in sport campaign, including expert opinions, useful downloads, and information on what to do should you suspect concussion.