CON­CUS­SION – WHAT TO DO

NZ Rugby World - First XV - - CON­TENTS -

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.

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