Table 2

Return-to-play advice and player behaviour in comparison with return-to-play regulation

Players' actual compliance with return-to-play regulation
Return-to-play advice and behaviour postconcussionNo, n (%)Yes, n (%)Total, n (%)
Self-reported return-to-play advice postconcussion
 Advice received
  No79 (78)2 (100)81 (78)
  Yes23 (22)0 (0)23 (22)
 Type of advice
  Play next week5 (22)0 (0)5 (22)
  1 week off5 (22)0 (0)5 (22)
  2 weeks off8 (35)0 (0)8 (35)
  3 weeks off0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)
International Rugby Board regulation stand-down period (3 weeks) indicated by dotted line.
  Get medical advice before play4 (17)0 (0)4 (17)
  4–6 weeks off1 (4)0 (0)1 (4)
 Did advice follow return-to-play regulation
  No18 (78)0 (0)18 (78)
  Yes5 (22)0 (0)5 (22)
 Advice provider
  Physiotherapist7 (30)0 (0)7 (30)
  General practitioner7 (30)0 (0)7 (30)
  Sports doctor3 (13)0 (0)3 (13)
  Coach, family etc2 (9)0 (0)2 (9)
  Chiropractor1 (4)0 (0)1 (4)
  Missing data3 (13)0 (0)3 (13)
Return-to-play behaviour postconcussion
 Returned to play
  Without coming off35 (95)2 (5)37 (34)
  After blood bin11 (100)0 (0)11 (10)
 Retired from game because of
  Concussion43 (39)0 (0)43 (40)
  Other injury10 (9)0 (0)10 (9)
  Other*8 (7)0 (0)8 (7)
  • * ‘Other’ case examples may be player substitution, a player coming off the field but returning to play later.