LOOKING AFTER YOUR MATES
Injury reporting is all about gathering information on injuries so that we can learn about why and how they happen – and find ways to prevent similar injuries happening again.
Encourage players to tell you about injuries. Many players don’t tell the coach about injuries because they want to keep playing. As a result minor injuries can get worse because the player never gets a chance to heal completely. This can have serious consequences, particularly with respect to concussion. See Injury Management.
If a player is injured, it’s important they see a health professional (such as a doctor or physio) as soon as possible. ACC can usually help with the costs of treatment.
The Player Profiling forms can be used to assess whether a player has recovered from a minor injury, but medical clearance is needed for more serious injuries.
ELIMINATING SERIOUS INJURIES
The NZRU is currently focusing on eliminating ‘serious injuries’ from the game. Serious injuries are those that have the potential to result in any type of permanent disablement to players. It is the responsibility of the team coach, manager, or designated ‘Injury Officer’ to ensure that any serious injuries are reported to your Provincial Union. If you are unsure whether the responsibility for completing the report lies with your team or the opposition, SEND ONE IN ANYWAY.
Please remember that the injury forms you complete and return help the NZRU plan strategies that will reduce the impact injuries have on your team. They also enable proper management of injuries, to ensure that seriously injured players are looked after as effectively as possible.
These injuries must be reported to your local union:
- Head or neck injury - transported directly to hospital or medical centre.
- Any injury requiring hospital admission.
- Any injury requiring 8 weeks off rugby.
Injury Reporting Forms
The injury reporting forms can be found using the links below: