Head Injury Assessment (HIA)
The Head Injury Assessment or HI has been introduced by the international Rugby Board to aid in the decision to remove a player form the field immediately and for the remainder of that game, or to assess for return to play in the same fixture.
The HIA includes elements of the Pitchside Concussion Assessment (PCSA) and specific questions relating to Concussion.
It has criteria for immediate and removal from paly for the fixture including SUSPECTED LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
identified by one of the following:
- Cervical hypotonia observed immediately following impact.
- The player stays on the ground without movement until first support arrives on scene.
- Reported loss of consciousness by witnessing own team players or match officials.
THE PLAYER MUST NOT RETURN TO PLAY FOLLOWING A HIA IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA ARE PRESENT:
- Any answer in column 1
- Doctor performing sideline neurological assessment that includes HIA suspects a concussive injury