GRADUATED RETURN TO PLAY STAGES
rugbysmart.co.nz The NZR minimum rest periods and di erent length GRTP stages for di erent ages are summarised below: ›› Minimum rest period 2 weeks and symptom free ›› GRTP with each stage lasting 48 hours ›› Earliest return to play: Day 23 post injury ›› Has completed the minimum rest period for the player’s age grade; AND ›› Is symptom free and not taking any medication that modifies the symptoms of concussion.
Medical or approved healthcare professional clearance is required before you start your GRTP. The management of a GRTP should be undertaken on a case by case basis. 1. Complete mental & physical rest until symptoms have cleared
2. Once symptom-free, light aerobic exercise, such as walking or stationary cycling
3. Rugby-specific exercise, such as running or ball-handling activities. NO head impact activities!
4. Non-contact training drills until medical clearance given 5. Once medical clearance has been given, full contact training 6. DAY 1 [Post Injury to DAY 14] DAYS 15 & 16 DAY 17 DAY 18 DAY 19 DAY 20 DAY 21 DAY 22 DAY 23