You may not think of concussion when you think of football injuries, but every week across our country, players are getting concussed and its impact can be life-changing. Regardless of age or football experience, a concussion can have long-lasting effects. We need to drop the “she’ll be right” or “play-on” Kiwi attitude and take suspected concussion seriously. Every injured player needs appropriate medical care and guidance.

 

A concussion is everyone’s responsibility. As players, teammates, coaches, referees, parents and clubs, we must recognise the signs of concussion, ensure the affected player is immediately removed from play and referred to a medical doctor.

 

Creating greater concussion awareness and understanding, and making medical involvement a top priority, is vital to the future of our players and our sport.

"A concussion is a brain injury and is defined as "a traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces" (McCrory P, Meeuwisse WH, Dvorak J et al. Consensus statement on concussion in sport: the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Berlin, November 2016)."