CONCUSSION – WHAT TO DO
We all love the high impact nature of rugby, but anyone who takes a major blow to the head this season needs to take their health seriously and follow all the advice and protocols before they return to playing.
Concussion is one of the most, if not THE MOST, serious issue in the game. Players, coaches, teaches and parents all NEED to know what to do if someone is concussed or suspected to be. We urge you to keep this publication – or at least this section – close at hand all season and to follow the advice provided by ACC and the country’s best players.
AC CONCUSSION GUIDELINES
Your son or daughter – or player in your charge - may not have a medic standing on the sidelines like an All Black, but with ACC’s new concussion guidance you can help to ensure that they get the same standard of care after a knock to the head.
Last year there were more than 7000 claims for sport-related head injuries in New Zealand, so ACC has teamed up with a number of sports organisations, including New Zealand Rugby, to respond to growing concern about the dramatic long-term consequences of concussion. Together, this cross-code collaborative group has developed national concussion guidelines that will apply not only to rugby, but also to league, netball and football as well.
These guidelines will help sports clubs and organisations at all levels to develop and implement their own concussion policy – every Kiwi player deserves the same quality of attention after a head injury as professional athletes.
It’s important that players, coaches and family members are able to recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of a concussion.