Boy Airlifted To Hospital After Rugby Concussion Incident

Air Ambulance Used After Incident During Match In Ely


Andrew Robinson, Press Officer | 0113 218 6463
An air ambulance was used to take a schoolboy to hospital following an incident in a rugby match that left him with concussion.

The incident occurred on Sunday (November 9th) shortly after noon, when the youngster lost consciousness in a game.

Emergency services were called and an air ambulance was scrambled, with the helicopter taking the boy to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

A spokesperson for the Magpas air ambulance service said: "The Magpas team assessed the patient, whilst working alongside an East of England Ambulance Service Trust paramedic crew at the scene.

"The boy was then taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital by land ambulance, in a stable condition, for observation.

"All the emergency services worked extremely well together."

The response to the situation may indicate that rugby teams, coaches and officials have taken on board the lessons that have been learned and protocols introduced over the past few years, which are being applied in the sport at all levels.

Alongside improvements in medical knowledge have been campaigns for greater awareness. In the latter case, a prominent example has been that of the parents of Ben Robinson, a teenager who died after being concussed twice in a school match in Northern Ireland in 2011.

In this instance, the 14-year-old suffered one blow to the head in the game but was later allowed to return to the field of play. He was then struck a second time and subsequently died of his brain injuries, which were diagnosed as being the result of 'second impact syndrome'.

The adoption of new protocols on concussion has been comprehensive at various levels of the sport, including the professional game, with the Rugby Football Union introducing new guidelines for the 2014-15 season.

Examples of its use this year include the sidelining of England and Leicester player Geoff Parling after a series of concussion incidents. After a mandatory period on the sidelines, he is now back in training but will not play again until next month.

Expert Opinion
This incident shows the importance of the quick assessment and treatment of a head injury and concussion. A number of sports have implemented new measures at the highest levels to ensure players are provided with the best possible medical care, but this is also something that needs to filter down to the lower levels of the game, such as in schools and at amateur level.

“We have seen the impact a head injury and concussion can have on individuals if they are not given the correct medical care and continue playing on after being injured. It is good to hear that the reaction to this incident was swift and the boy involved was given a high standard of care, which will hopefully lead to a quick and full recovery.”
Stephen Nye, Partner