In August of 2023, NZRL released the latest version of our game’s Concussion Policy.
The science on concussion and associated injuries is continuing to evolve. Best practices for safety, management, and recovery continue to change and improve as a result. As player welfare is everyone’s top priority, please ensure you read, understand, and share the NZRL Concussion Policy.
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
As per the latest NZRL Policy, a concussion is a brain injury that can occur in any sport, particularly where there is full body contact, such as rugby league. Concussion can be caused by a head knock or an impact to the body, not necessarily directly to the head.
Full NZRL Concussion Policy
Click here to report a suspected concussion or injury
Note: it is MANDATORY to record and report suspected concussions through Sporty.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Concussion can present itself through the following signs and symptoms. It is important to remember that every concussion is different, and in some cases delayed, meaning not every sign or symptom may be present with every concussion.
Physical signs (what you may see)
Clinical signs (what they may feel)
WHAT TO DO?
If a player has a suspected concussion from rugby league activities (game or training) then they MUST:
RETURN TO RUGBY LEAGUE ACTIVITIES
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