A concussion is a brain injury that damages and stretches the brain cells, which causes them to release chemicals affecting how the brain works. This also makes the brain more sensitive to increased injury. All individuals involved in rugby league must be well-informed to recognise the signs of a concussion and know the appropriate actions to take when a player has suffered one.
If a player presents with any of these Red Flag symptoms, they must seek urgent medical attention:
Please contact your district administrator for further information should you require it.
CLICK HERE TO REPORT A SUSPECTED CONCUSSION OR INJURY
It is essential that during the first few days after a concussion has occurred, the player has completed physical AND cognitive (mental) rest. The player should avoid all activities that require concentration or attention. This includes watching television, using computers, using your cell phone, reading or driving. Failure to do this may worsen symptoms, resulting in a delay in full recovery.
Graduated Return to Play (Concussion)
NZRL Concussion Policy
NZRL Safe Play Code
Tackle Confidence Program (recording)