British Cycling has published its first concussion guidance for its event along with rule changes that allow commissaires to withdraw riders from events if they are a safety risk.
The new guidance released by British Cycling is built around the principle ‘If in doubt, sit them out’ with recommendations that those with a suspected concussion be immediately removed from cycling until appropriate treatment can be given. Even after treatment, British Cycling states these riders should not ride again on the same day. Following the Graduated Return to Play (GRTP) protocol, British Cycling says those who have experienced concussion symptoms, no matter how mild, should follow a "progressive programme back to full activity and should not return to competition for at least 21 days."
British Cycling states the guidance is based on the latest evidence and best practices used around the world. The new protocols have been led by Chief Medical Officer at British Cycling, Dr Nigel Jones, who supported the UCI's first concussion policy published in 2020.
The Graduated Return to Play (GRTP) protocol
Alongside the new guidance for riders with concussions, British Cycling has amended its technical regulations giving commissaires and referees the ability to withdraw riders from an event if participating could affect the health of that rider or others.
In the updated rules riders must first withdraw themselves from an event if "they have sustained any injury which could affect their ability to participate safely". Failure to do this allows a commissaire to withdraw them if there is a safety risk.