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Concussion and Pre-Existing Injuries

Magnets Guidelines for members with an pre-existing injury - e.g. Concussion

At the start of all our netball sessions the Lead Coach will enquire as to whether anyone attending has an injury that they need to be aware of and/or that may stop then from partaking in the drills and game play.

It is IMPERATIVE that the correct information is passed on at this time.

Otherwise your child could be at risk from further injury or indeed put others at risk including the coaches if we were not able to provide correct treatment or indeed provide information to the NHS Emergency Services.

- If you feel the injury is more serious or sensitive, or if you are in any way unsure, we would always encourage you to speak to the lead coach directly.

NOTE: For many injuries like a broken bone or sprain we will always encourage players to come to training, even if they cannot take part, as they can still learn from watching and keeps them in touch with their team mates. Continues the bond.


It is especially important that we are made aware of any head injury that has occurred within the last 2 weeks (that may result in delayed concussion).

As a club we take any injury seriously but with possible CONCUSSION we MUST follow the England Netball Guidelines.

Please press here to a link to the EN CONCUSSION GUIDELINES

What is Concussion and how it is caused?

Concussion is caused either by a direct or indirect blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body when there is an impulsive force transmitted up to the head.

The majority of concussions (80-90%) resolve within a 7-10 day period. It is important to recognise that the symptoms of concussion and timeframes for recovery can be different and more prolonged in children and adolescents.

Why is it important to recognise an episode of Concussion?

Players who continue to play or return to play with concussive symptoms are at significant risk of:

  • Sustaining other injuries (to self, teammates & opposition players) due to poor decision making or reduced reaction time.
  • Suffering potentially more serious head injuries, e.g. Second Impact Syndrome.
  • Serious injury or death due to unidentified structural brain injury.
  • Potential development of long-term neurological deterioration e.g. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • A substantially reduced level of performance.


- If you are in any doubt as to whether your child should attend or take part in netball training or matches, please always speak to the lead coach directly.