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RFU launches concussion courses

The Rugby Football Union has launched a series of new online concussion education courses aimed at players, coaches and match officials across the community game.

The interactive courses - based on the '4Rs' of recognise, remove, recover and return - have been devised to improve the understanding of concussion and the behaviours needed to manage it effectively in a more accessible way.

Highlighted throughout are the potential and serious consequences of concussion, which has been the most common injury at the elite level of the game for the past three seasons.

"We are committed to reinforcing the message that concussion is an injury to the brain and needs to be taken seriously," RFU community rugby medical director Dr Mike England said.

"Players need time to recover fully before returning to play and young players in particular need to be managed more conservatively than adults."

*The 30-minute courses are available at


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