While rugby has proven to have less concussions than football, due to safer tackling techniques, we understand that it is still a risk. With growing concerns around contact-sports, and the connections between concussions and CTE, Raleigh Rugby has taken the initiative to better protect all of our players with concussion testing and a return-to-play program provided by our sponsor, Raleigh Orthopaedic.
Step 1 – Baseline Testing:
A player must first establish a baseline concussion test by calling Raleigh Orthopaedic at 919-876-1100 and setting up an appointment at the Raleigh Orthopaedic Performance Center in North Raleigh. Once the test is completed, the results are stored online and any doctor or neurologist who uses the Impact Test, the gold standard of baseline concussion testing, can review the results.The test cannot be taken after a concussion has been sustained to give any insight on return to play; Raleigh Orthopaedic must have a baseline test in order to be able to administer the return to play program after a concussion. For Raleigh Rugby members, the test cost $20 (cash; insurance not accepted), and takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. It can be done in
Step 2 – Return-to-Play:
If your player sustains a concussion, Raleigh Rugby will require doctor approval to return to play. Raleigh Orthopaedic offers Raleigh Rugby members a Return-To-Play program for $50 (cash; insurance not accepted) that follows the Gfeller-Waller/NCHSAA Concussion Management protocol. This includes a five step program which starts players off with a light workout and progresses in intensity with every workout while incorporating sport specific training to ensure a player is physically ready to return to play. This can be scheduled by calling Raleigh Orthopaedic at 919-876-1100.