SchalkBurgerHead and neck injuries are a part of contact and collision sport. Having suffered from both, I have full confidence in the programme that my team doctor Dr Kohler and his colleagues have devised for Sports Concussion South Africa and The Pharos Medical Plan Sports Concussion Programme.
Schalk Burger, Springbok and Western Province loose forward
Brian_HabanaI have personally been through the protocols devised by Sports Concussion South Africa following head injury. Take head injuries seriously! Seek expert advice before playing again.
Brian Habana, Springbok and Blue Bulls rugby player
Owen_NkumaneAs a former player I probably didn’t always take concussions seriously enough. Now that I coach youngsters and commentate on the game, I can appreciate the potentially serious consequences of playing with a head injury. I encourage all young players to enroll in the Sports Concussion Programme.
Owen Nkumane, former provincial and international player
Morne_Du_PlessisThe technology for assessing concussion has advanced tremendously since my playing days. I urge all young sports men and women to take head injuries seriously and seek professional advice before returning to play.
Morne Du Plessis , former Springbok captain
Luke_WatsonI play a physical game of rugby. I rely on the expertise of my team doctor Ryan Kohler to monitor potentially serious head injuries and encourage all young players to seek the same expert advice.
Luke Watson, Western Province and Stormers Captain
Jean_De_VilliersRugby is fun but head injuries need to be taken seriously. Join the Sports Concussion Programme and receive the benefits of the same protocols as we do as professionals.
Jean De Villiers, Springbok rugby player
Conrad_JantjesHaving played soccer, cricket and rugby at representative level, I’ve seen the effects of concussion in several sports. Not only rugby players suffer from concussion. If you have persistent headaches, nausea, dizziness, poor concentration, drowsiness or disturbed sleep – seek medical advice before playing again.
Conrad Jantjes – Springbok, Lions and Western Province Rugby
martinI have reviewed the protocols of Sports Concussion South Africa and can confirm that they are of the highest international standard. I am proud to endorse this innovative work as it is leading the field in concussion awareness and management throughout the community Rugby world.
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Dr Martin Raftery, MBBS FACSP Chief Medical Officer International Rugby Board.
John_SmitI urge all young sportsmen to take head injuries seriously. Use the latest international guidelines and technology available to guide you back to sport. The protocols used by Sports Concussion South Africa have been adopted by the Springboks.
John Smit, Springbok and Sharks Captain
Wikus_Van_HeerdenDr Patricios looked after my recovery after several concussions. I have full confidence in the Sports Concussion South Africa protocols and encourage all young rugby players to enroll in The Sports Concussion Programme.
Wikus Van Heerden, Springbok, Lions and Blue Bulls rugby player
Ismail_JakoetHaving worked with Drs Kohler and Patricios in formulating SA Rugby’s head and neck injury protocols, I fully endorse the efforts of the Sports Concussion Programme and Sports Concussion South Africa.
Dr Ismail Jakoet, Medical Director, SA Rugby
JoeThey might call me ‘Big Joe’ but I’m not immune to the serious effects of concussion. Both Dr Kohler and Dr Patricios have looked after me during my playing career and I encourage all scholars to partake in their programme to prevent serious head injuries.
Joe Van Niekerk, Western Province, Stormers and Springbok player
Nick_MallettAs a coach and administrator I see the effects of concussion often. I full endorse the initiative of my union’s Medical Director, Dr Ryan Kohler, and his colleagues to educate all sportspersons about the latest clinical and technological advances in concussion management.
Nick Mallett, Director of Rugby, Western Province
Graeme_SmithI received a freak blow to the head from a cricket ball last year. I was surprised at the time it took for my concussion symptoms to settle. I encourage all kids to take concussion seriously and enroll in the Sports Concussion Programme.
Graeme Smith, SA Cricket Captain