Concussion 

These guidelines are based on the Zurich Consensus statement published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in November 2013, a number of recent multisport forums, Consensus Panels and direct consultation with World Leaders and research centres in the field of concussion. The ECB medical panel has looked at best practice across sports and consulted documents such as FIFA ‘Concussion Guidelines’ 2014, BHRA and IRB/RFU 2014 guidelines.

Finally, a consultation process was undertaken on 13th May 2015 with the ECB medical panel, FCCC CMOs, Neurosurgical and Neurosciences concussion research team from NIHR Birmingham. The issues specific to cricket were debated, resulting in these concussion guidelines. The current management pathway helps to define application in the cricket environment. The consensus panel agreed that decisions taken and tools recommended would be supported by existing scientific evidence where available.

Please click below for the full guidelines.

Retired Players Required for Concussion Research 2017
 
The PCA is supporting the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (ICHIRF) which is leading an independent, world-wide, multi-sport study on retired athletes, the largest of its kind in the world.
 
The study aims to establish if participation in impact sports can increase the risk of altered brain function in later life and if concussion in sport can result in the early onset of confusion, depression and memory loss. The only way to establish this is to compare a group of athletes who have suffered at least one concussion with a similar group who have never had concussion so therefore the recruitment of volunteers from both groups is essential.
 
If you would like to take part in the study, please visit the website - www.ichirf.org
 
You will need to register your interest by filling out an online survey which takes around 20 minutes to complete.