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Infographic. New Zealand rugby’s community concussion initiative: keeping kiwi communities RugbySmart
  1. Danielle Salmon1,
  2. John Sullivan2,
  3. Janelle Romanchuk1,
  4. Ian Murphy1,
  5. Simon Walters3,
  6. Chris Whatman3,
  7. Amanda Clacy4,
  8. Sierra Keung3,
  9. Klazina Van Der Vis5
  1. 1Health Safety and Welfare, New Zealand Rugby Union, Wellington, New Zealand
  2. 2Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  3. 3Sport Performance Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology, School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland, New Zealand
  4. 4Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, University of the Sunshine Coast, Birtinya, Sunshine Coast, Australia
  5. 5School of Medicine, University of Otago Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Dr Danielle Salmon, New Zealand Rugby Union, Wellington 6140, New Zealand; danielle.salmon{at}nzrugby.co.nz

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Rugby union (rugby) is a popular full-contact team sport played by 8.5 million individuals in 121 countries across the globe (https://www.world.rugby/development/player-numbers). In New Zealand (NZ), rugby is played by 157 218 individuals and engages all genders, ethnicities and socioeconomic diversities throughout the population. A key focus of both the international governing body of rugby (World Rugby) and NZ rugby (NZR) is the improvement of player welfare around common injuries such as concussion. Informed by the guidelines developed following the 2016 Berlin Concussion Consensus,1 World Rugby has developed policies and education programmes to standardise concussion management and promote …

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