NZR Community Concussion Management Pathway
The Community Concussion Management Pathway (CCMP) provides a clear pathway for all players, coaches, physios, and parents to follow when a player receives a suspected concussion. We recognise that concussions are not always a visible injury and it is important we are cautious following a suspected concussion.
The CCMP provides information to the relevant stakeholders at the appropriate time points to improve concussion management at the community level. The CCMP translates evidence-based, gold-standard guidelines and tools into a smartphone and web-based application.
The NZR Community Concussion Management Pathway (run in conjunction with CSx Limited) offers a centralised concussion management tool for players. The Pathway involves:
1) recording of baseline concussion testing
2) logging of concussion incidents
3) automated email notifications when a concussion is logged (to player, emergency contact, school/club and PU) and contains advice around management and graduated return to play
4) notification of medical clearance from doctor when player is cleared to return to contact (to player, emergency contact, school/club and PU).
New Zealand Rugby’s Community Concussion Initiative is a model centred around player welfare. The model aims to target positive behaviour changes in concussion attitudes and reporting behaviours across all individuals in the rugby community – including players, coaches, support staff, and parents.
The NZR Community Concussion Initiative is centred around player welfare using six target areas:
- Concussion Management Pathway
- Blue Card
- Injury Management
- Concussion Policy
- Concussion Protocols