SANZAR adopt new pitchside concussion protocols


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Super Rugby and Rugby Championship organisers SANZAR have implemented the enhanced Head Injury Assessment (HIA) that was introduced by the International Rugby Board (IRB) on 1 June to supersede the Pitch Side Concussion Assessment (PSCA) tool.

Following talks with the Medical Officers of its three National Unions, SANZAR have announced that the new Head Injury Assessment will be applied to Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship with immediate effect having been introduced during the recent June Tests.

SANZAR CEO Greg Peters said, “From the moment the IRB announced the introduction of the Head Injury Assessment, we made it a priority to take steps that would lead to the enhanced protocol being introduced to SANZAR competitions as soon as possible.

“Player welfare is a primary concern for our sport and we are therefore supportive of the IRB’s introduction of the HIA which will be in effect at Super Rugby from the resumption of the competition this weekend following the June Test window.”

Medical Officers from the National Unions have communicated with doctors at all Super Rugby franchises to ensure they are familiar with the updated protocol and will work closely with them to ensure a smooth transition. This is in addition to the IRB’s Union education.

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