Safety around concussion

New Zealand Rugby Union Research Analyst, Danielle Salmon speaking to the Dargaville High School first fifteen team about concussion safety

Rugby player education about concussion took a step forward in Kaipara with a visit by New Zealand Rugby Union research analyst Danielle Salmon to speak with members of the Dargaville High School first fifteen.

Danielle is setting up a pilot study which looks at player education around concussion and baseline testing for concussion symptoms.

The presentation focussed on signs and symptoms, what to do following a concussion and New Zealand Rugby guidelines around returning to play following a concussion.

Dargaville High School teacher and first fifteen manager Tui Raeli said “the mounting evidence relating head trauma to long-term health issues is staggering. A recent American study found that out of 202 deceased American football players, 177 were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).”

CTE is a degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head.

“Out of 111 NFL players, 110 showed signs of CTE. That’s 99 per cent. If we can better equip our students with knowledge pertaining to concussion we hope that they can make safe and informed decisions about their own health."


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