SCAT3 testing for signs and symptoms of concussion in rugby union players

Laura Knight

FdSc Sport and Exercise Therapies
Newcastle College


This study is an investigation into the reliability of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) and methods of testing suspected concussion within amateur rugby union players. The aims of the research are to provide insight into how the reliability of concussion testing could be improved and how any limitations found could be mitigated to improve the accuracy of assessments.

An assessment of the common injuries acquired by rugby players, especially head injuries, was made, the accompanying risks of concussion were also appraised. Rugby players from Ponteland Rugby Football Club (PRFC) were the subjects of the research, providing immediate benefit to the physiotherapists and medical team of PRFC. Other lower league amateur clubs that may not have such an experienced medical support network as professional level clubs can all also realise these same benefits.

It is not just medical support teams that should be more informed, but also the players themselves, everyone involved in the sport should have greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of concussion and the accompanying long-term risks of playing with an untreated concussion.

KEYWORDS: SCAT3, Concussion, Signs, Symptoms, SRC, Injury, Assessment, Baseline Test.

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Article Data:

  • Author: Laura Knight
  • Title: SCAT3 testing for signs and symptoms of concussion in rugby union players
  • Issue: Seven Bridges Vol. 6 (2018)
  • Publication date: 05/07/18