New Zealand Football takes concussion seriously. In 2016, we developed a Head Injury and Concussion Policy, which presides over all football and futsal in New Zealand. The New Zealand Football Head Injury and Concussion Policy provides six key protocol policies for guidance on the identification and management of concussion for all those involved in New Zealand football and futsal. Follow our six key protocols when you suspect someone may have suffered a concussion. 

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6. Return to Play
Players should undertake a graduated return to training and play
1. Recognise
Recognise the signs of a suspected or potential concussion
2. Remove
Remove from play if a concussion is suspected and if in doubt ensure you sit them out anyway
5. Recover
Follow your medical doctor's advice and gradually return to activity
4. Rest
All players must have; full, physical and cognitive rest to ensure best recovery can take place if a concussion is diagnosed. Rest until symptom free
3. Refer
Refer all suspected / potential concussion to a medical doctor for diagnosis and return to play guidelines
  • Recognise the symptoms1. Recognise

    Recognise the signs of a suspected or potential concussion

  • Remove2. Remove

    Remove from play if a concussion is suspected and if in doubt ensure you sit them out anyway

  • Refer to doctor3. Refer

    Refer all suspected / potential concussion to a medical doctor for diagnosis and return to play guidelines

  • Rest4. Rest

    All players must have; full, physical and cognitive rest to ensure best recovery can take place if a concussion is diagnosed. Rest until symptom free

  • Recover5. Recover

    Follow your medical doctor's advice and gradually return to activity

  • Return to play6. Return to play

    Players should undertake a graduated return to training and play