Sports Concussion in Rugby Union Education Session

December 8, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Sports Concussion in Rugby Union Education Session

Rugby Union is one of the world's most popular team sports, played by approx. 10 million players from 128 countries worldwide. Like many contact sports, sports-related concussion is a growing concern amongst players, clubs and families.

Join HMRI sports concussion researcher Associate Professor Andrew Gardner and Rugby Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Warren McDonald for an education session that provides attendees with actionable information to help protect the health of Rugby Union players across all age divisions.

The education session will include:

  • An overview of the Rugby Australia concussion policy and guidelines including the Blue Card initiative - an initiative that removes players displaying signs of concussion from play and triggers off-field processes;
  • Gameday concussion identification and management
  • Insights into the new research in the field of sports concussion.

This education session is a must-see for Rugby Union players of all competitive levels, their clubs, coaches, and families.

When: Wednesday 8 December
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Online via Zoom Webinar
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About our Speakers
Associate Professor Andrew Gardner is a clinical neuropsychologist and research fellow at the University of Newcastle and HMRI. He is co-lead of the Hunter New England Sports Concussion Clinic, an Executive Committee Member for the Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury, a member of the World Rugby Concussion working group and a concussion consultant to Rugby Australia.
His research interests cover the full spectrum of concussion, from injury prevention with tackle techniques, to injury identification via video analysis, to acute assessment through the validation of various measures, to the evaluation of later-in-life brain and mental health of retired athletes.
In 2020, Associate Professor Gardner was awarded the HMRI Early-Career Researcher of the Year.

Dr Warren McDonald is a Sports and Exercise Physician who has been involved in elite sport for over 20 years. He worked at the Australia Institute of Sport from 1990 until 2000 serving as team doctor for the Australian Men's Water Polo team at the FINA World Championships in 1994 and 1998 as well as team doctor to the Australian Olympic team in 1996 and 2000.
Dr McDonald has been involved in elite Rugby Union since 1997 and was team doctor for the ACT Brumbies until 2009 and for the Wallabies from 2008 - 2013.