All Blacks Con­cus­sion Man­age­ment

NZ Rugby World - - 2017 The Year In Review -

The All Blacks con­tinue to set the high­est stan­dards in all as­pects of their work and cul­ture and that ab­so­lutely in­cludes the way they man­age play­ers who have been con­cussed or who have head knocks.

They have a zero risk pol­icy which through­out the year they stuck to with­out any hint of be­ing will­ing to make ex­cep­tions.

What that meant in prac­tice is that any player, even if they had not failed a Head In­jury As­sess­ment, would be pulled from se­lec­tion if the team doc­tor sus­pected they had any lin­ger­ing con­cus­sion-like symp­toms.

They never once looked to rush any­one back into the team and through­out the year we saw the likes of Waisake Na­holo, Beau­den Bar­rett, Sam Cane, Ryan Crotty and Is­rael Dagg all miss tests that they could ac­tu­ally have played but for the All Blacks’ ul­tra cau­tious pol­icy.

As All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says – and he is un­re­pen­tant about this – life is way more im­por­tant than rugby.

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