Journal article

A preliminary video analysis of concussion in the National Rugby League

Andrew J Gardner, Grant L Iverson, Tanya N Quinn, Michael Makdissi, Christopher R Levi, Sandy R Shultz, David K Wright, Peter Stanwell

Brain Injury | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To conduct the first video analysis of concussion in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) and describe player and injury characteristics, situational factors and time to return to play. RESEARCH DESIGN: Descriptive, observational case series. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Video analysis of 20 medically diagnosed concussions for three consenting clubs during the 2013 NRL season. MAIN OUTCOME AND RESULTS: Most concussions (83%) occurred during a high tackle, and all injured ball carriers were hit high. Loss of consciousness was observed in 30% of cases. Common observable signs of injury included clutching of the head, balance problems or wobbly legs and a blank or vacant sta..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Andrew J. Gardner, Peter Stanwell and Christopher R. Levi have been funded to conduct research into concussion in rugby league through a New South Wales Sporting Injuries Committee-Sports Research & Injury Prevention Scheme Grant, and a Brain Foundation, Australia-Brain Injury Award. Andrew J. Gardner acknowledges sport concussion research fellowship funding from Jennie Thomas, Life Governor of the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Grant L. Iverson acknowledges sport concussion research funding from the Mooney-Reed Charitable Foundation.