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NRL lays down law on concussion breaches with strict new policy

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 21, 2014.

By Jethro on Feb 21, 2014 at 12:16 AM
  1. Jethro

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    CLUBS face stiff penalties including loss of competition points or deregistration of individuals if they are found to have breached the NRL’s new concussion policy.

    The efforts of coaches in past years in trying to influence doctors to clear players to return to the field after head knocks is something the NRL is looking to end as part of new guidelines for the protection of players during matches.

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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 21, 2014.

    1. Jethro

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      CLUBS face stiff penalties including loss of competition points or deregistration of individuals if they are found to have breached the NRL’s new concussion policy.

      The efforts of coaches in past[​IMG] years in trying to influence doctors to clear players to return to the field after head knocks is something the NRL is looking to end as part of new guidelines for the protection of players during matches.

      The Courier-Mail reported on February 8 that the NRL will have a new set of guidelines to protect concussed players during games this season.

      Meetings since have consulted all club CEOs and coaches and involved consultation with the Rugby League Players Association, the QRL and the NSWRL.

      The NRL last week ruled out having an independent doctor present at all games to rule on player concussions despite concerns raised by some club doctors about whether some players with head knocks had been kept on the field last year in the interest of winning games.

      “Under the policy, you will find there are some minimum tests that have to performed on that player for him to go back on the field,’’ NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.

      “It would be a brave medical practitioner who makes decisions on team performance and not on the welfare, health and safety of the player. (Club doctors) will have to document those and be accountable.’’

      The NRL told clubs in 2012 that gthose who did not follow the League’s policy at the time on concussions could be fined, but the sanctions did not extend to loss of premiership points or deregistrations.

      Asked how the League would view a doctor who in the view of other medical officers was not making decisions during games on medical merit, Greenberg said: “You would be accurate to describe that (when) a club or a coach or a doctor doesn’t adhere to the policy, significant sanctions would apply.

      “That would be not only significant fines, but competition points, the loss of registration of personnel.

      “We have now spent time over the last month and a half consulting on the specific details on what we would call a concussion sideline assessment policy.

      “We are collating all that and hope to make a policy recommendation prior to the start of the season.’’

      The NRL moved earlier in the off-season to ensure club doctors in future would report to club chief executives and boards, not head coaches.

      “It’s a good thing that the doctors can do their job as a practitioner and not have any issues around team performance or preparation,’’ Greenberg said.

      The two state leagues are important stakeholders in the process of drafting a new policy as the NRL wants a policy on concussions to be relevant to less resourced levels in the game.

      Greenberg said the NRL was investigating making video replays available on sidelines at NRL match days so doctors could aided in diagnoses by reviewing head knock incidents to determine points of impacts.

      The NRL has yet to decide how long club doctors should have to inspect players with head knocks during games and make a decision on the sidelines.

      During that time the player’s team would be given an interchange which would not count towards the interchange limit, Greenberg said.

      “They will be able to bring him from the field and the doctors will have a period of time to provide an assessment,’’ he said.


      Paul Malone

      http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-lays-down-law-on-concussion-breaches-with-strict-new-policy/story-fniabjcr-1226833038654
       
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      in breaking news, NRL to introduce new "pillow fight" ruling instead of tackles
       
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      During that time the player’s team would be given an interchange which would not count towards the interchange limit, Greenberg said.

      “They will be able to bring him from the field and the doctors will have a period of time to provide an assessment,’’ he said.


      This will open a can of worms straight away.

      Almost every tackle results in the jarring of the head, so a tiring forward can take a dive GI style, and his Team gets a free interchange whilst the independent Doctor examines him. :dodgy:
       
    4. Daddycool08

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      I remember the 1987 GF with Crusher Cleal coming off with a head-bin. I didn't see the hit properly but I remember the commentators laughing at it.
       
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      This might get that poor little, head injury prone, GI off the field for the majority of match time. :D
       
    6. The Who

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      So, the NRL are going to take points off clubs that don't apply the concussion rule correctly... yeah right. This same mob allows certain clubs to flout the salary cap every year and fine them a small amount of money, yet they are going to deduct points for concussion!
      What a beat-up.
       
    7. SeaEagleRock8

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      I'd say the whole exercise is to cover them in the event of future legal liabilities, not to change what the clubs actually do. If someone sues they might then be limited to suing a doctor or club, not the NRL?
       
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      Go back to Belmore Greenturd...and as for your boss, Smith, bye bye......The AFL are promoting their game head and shoulders over the NRL, in a wide range of media....but how good will the add with SBW and Burgess be.....I cant wait...not.
       
    9. Jethro

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      Related article:

      NRL: Concussed players must be taken off, trainers told

      February 28, 2014
      Brad Walter


      NRL head trainers will need to be medically qualified and face suspension if they do not immediately remove players with concussion symptoms under tough new measures that would have had Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita replaced in the recent Nines tournament.

      Coaches, trainers and club doctors also face bans and have been warned their teams could be stripped of competition points if they are caught rorting the use of free interchanges for players taken from the field for a concussion assessment test. The changes should ensure an end to the sight of players stumbling around in backplay but being allowed to play on, as Fifita was at the Nines and Australian centre Jarryd Hayne did in the World Cup final.

      Click here to read the full article.
       
    10. HappilyManly

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      Donny Singe wears the orange shirt for Manly - I don't believe that he is a doctor - so who does Manly have in that capacity ? We have always had the Doctor on the sideline at matches.

      '..any other cognitive dysfunction..' Too late for our last GF, but this rule will have The Echidna ejected from our 2014 games at least :cool:
       
    11. Jethro

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      One thing to come out of that ruling will be that players won't be taking many (if any) dives if they want to stay on the field.
       
    12. SeaEagleRock8

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      Well there goes Josh Reynolds, lol.
       
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      Canterbury are considering an appeal after becoming the first club to be punished under the NRL's new concussion rules.

      The NRL on Tuesday fined the Bulldogs $20,000 for breaching the guidelines in an incident involving forward Josh Jackson in round two.


      http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-sport/bulldogs-consider-appealing-nrl-fine-20140408-36aa4.html
       
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      That was for Round 2, Graham was Round 4 so that should be interesting as it was obvious to all :cool:
       
    15. master blaster

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      You beat me too it HM,I was going to say the same thing,he shouldnt have played last week
       
    16. RiverEagle

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      Yeah, saw Greenberg this morn waxing his rhetoric about this...no mention of the Graham incident and that was as bad, if not worse.

      Where's David Smith these days, BTW?
      He is the game's boss absolutely in name only.Greenberg runs the show.
       
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    17. Jethro

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      So much for the "significant sanctions" punishment stated by Greenturd in the quote from the Courier-Mail article in this thread's originating post:

      [hr]
      Hopefully the punishment for that is still coming.
       
    18. Brissie Kid

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      So NRL and Toddy's answer to dealing with concussion is if you are concussed your team MUST burn an interchange and if not concussed you get free interchanges? Huh? Plus a team plays 12 against 13? I may be dumb but for the 12 left on the field to play out the game that would lead to more fatigue and more chance of injury wouldn't it?

       
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    19. globaleagle

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      As expected, Todd got his old club off whilst fining the tigers.

      If there was ever an icac review into this guy.......


      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/todd-greenberg-knocks-bulldogs-concussion-loophole-on-the-head/story-fnca0von-1226909492941#
       
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