Rowing and Epilepsy

Guidance from the British Rowing Medical Panel on Rowing and Epilepsy.

Rowers, coaches (driving launches) and coxswains with Epilepsy should not be allowed on the water when there is a significant possibility of further seizures placing themselves and others at significant risk.

In line with the recommendations of the DVLA, this period of significant risk is defined as within one year following a seizure and whilst reducing medication, and for six months after stopping medication. In these cases, where there is significant risk of further seizures, rowers and coxswains should not be allowed on the water, except where there is a special individualised risk assessment of the rower and the event.

– British Rowing Medical Panel September 2015

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