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Infographic. New Zealand Rugby’s concussion management pathway
  1. Danielle Salmon1,
  2. Janelle Romanchuk1,
  3. Ian Murphy1,
  4. John Sullivan2,
  5. Simon Walters3,
  6. Chris Whatman3,
  7. Amanda Clacy4,
  8. Sierra Keung3,
  9. Klazina Van Der Vis5
  1. 1 Health, Safety and Welfare, New Zealand Rugby Union, Wellington, New Zealand
  2. 2 Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  3. 3 Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  4. 4 Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, University of the Sunshine Coast, Birtinya, Queensland, Australia
  5. 5 School of Medicine, University of Otago Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Dr Danielle Salmon, New Zealand Rugby Union, Wellington, New Zealand; danielle.salmon{at}

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Concussions in rugby union (rugby) impact not only player welfare but parental and players’ decisions around participation, a concern for rugby administrators around the world.1 2 To ensure player welfare, World Rugby has developed concussion management recommendations (; however, the practical application and enforcement of these recommendations presents a challenge.4 5 To address this challenge, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) as part of a National Concussion Initiative (infographic 1) developed a concussion management pathway (CMP) that considers the various stakeholders involved in the management of concussion as well as ways to support improved concussion management at the …

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  • Contributors DS, JR and KVDV made substantial contributions to the concept and design of the infographic. All the authors were involved in revising and critical analysis of the infographic. DS, AC and JS made substantial contributions to the initial draft of the supporting text. All the authors were involved in revising and critical analysis of the supporting text.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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