Concussion In Cycling

AusCycling takes rider safety and well-being seriously and has developed a policy for coaches, instructors, officials, riders and parents on concussion management.  All disciplines of cycling have inherent risk and falls from bikes during competition, training and recreational riding can and do occur. 

Guidelines for Concussion in Youth and Community Sport 

AusCycling has adopted the Australian Concussion Guidelines for Youth and Community Sport.  This Policy is intended for the general public and for individuals participating in youth (those aged under 19 years) and community sports.

A cycling specific flow chart has been developed.

Policy: Australian Concussion Guidelines for Youth and Community Sport

Resource: Graded Return to Cycling Flow Chart 

Resource: Flow Chart of Potential Concussion

Form: Incident Report: to be completed post incident and sent to [email protected] post concussion.

Form: Medical Clearance /Return to Play Clearance: to be completed prior to returning to competition and removal of medical suspension.  

Summary of Guidelines: 

Return to all cycling disciplines cycling protocol: 

  • Introduction of light exercise after an initial 24-48 hours of relative rest. 

  • Several checkpoints to be cleared prior to progression. 

  • Gradual reintroduction of learning and work activities. As with physical activity, cognitive stimulation such as using screens, reading, undertaking learning activities should be gradually introduced after 48 hours. 

At least 14 days symptom free (at rest) before return to training.  

  • The temporary exacerbation of mild symptoms with exercise is acceptable, as long as the symptoms quickly resolve at the completion of exercise, and as long as the exercise-related symptoms have completely resolved before resumption of race simulated activities/training. 

A minimum period of 21 days until the resumption of competition. 

  • Consideration of all symptom domains (physical, cognitive, emotional, fatigue, sleep) throughout the recovery process. 

  • Return to learn and work activities should take priority over return to sport. That is, while graduated return to learn/work activities and sport activities can occur simultaneously, the athlete should not return to cycling competition until they have successfully completed a fully return to learn/work activities. 

  • The Return to Play form is to be completed and returned to AusCycling prior to the medical suspension being removed from a riders membership file.


Explore resources developed by AusCycling to assist riders, parents and medical professionals on concussion in cycling. 

Injury Management Resources 

Incident Report Form 

AusCycling Concussion Pocket Card 

Concussion Recognition Tool 6 (CRT6) 

External Tool: HeadCheck app 

UCI Concussion Resources 

The UCI has developed a number of resources specific to Concussion in Cycling.  These can be found at the UCI Concussion webpge 

Australian Sport Commission Resources

Web Site: Australian Sport Commission: Concussion in Sport

Videos Resources 

Watch Video: UCI Concussion Protocols 

Watch Video (GCN): We Need to Talk About Concussions 

Concussion Education Course 

Engage in a short course related to sport-related concussions by Connectivity to enhance your understanding and ability to manage concussions effectively in a sporting context. 

Learn: ASC Concussions in Sport for Healthcare Practitioners

Learn: Sport-Related Concussion Short Course 

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