Clubs on video outreach and reporting head knocks reviewing training methods

“So that if an incident happens, we can medically review it. We also require them to provide GPS data of their contact training sessions and we will collate all this data.

“It may be that nothing needs to change because of the data. But rather than just making a subjective decision about what someone thinks is the right amount of contact training in a given week, we want to do it based on scientific data.”

Luke Keary addressed the Herald last year about the prospect of NFL-style contact training limits.

Luke Keary addressed the Herald last year about the prospect of NFL-style contact training limits.Credit:NRL photos

Roosters star Luke Keary last year spoke out in favor of preseason contact training limits, particularly at the junior level, while Sea Eagles coach Anthony Seibold also believes it’s a measure that will eventually be introduced into the game.

As England rugby union defensive coach, Seibold worked on the World Rugby Guidelines, which recommended weekly limits on full-contact training, before taking up his post at Manly.

World Rugby advised its constituents in late 2021 to limit full contact training to 15 minutes per week, with controlled contact (40 minutes) and standard live training (30 minutes) also limited.

However, these guidelines have yet to be strictly enforced. Monitoring similar rules in the NRL would likely require independent observers at training.

Kalyn Ponga returned to full training after suffering multiple concussions over the past year.

Kalyn Ponga returned to full training after suffering multiple concussions over the past year.Credit:Getty

“I think going forward we’re going to have policies similar to this one and the NFL’s,” Seibold said.

“I think there has to be a happy medium to make sure the players are ready for contact and have the right technique to make sure they’re still safe in contact. If you don’t do this, you’re not preparing your players safely.”

The NRL’s oversight of training sessions comes after Thursday’s announcement of a reduced HIA threshold to trigger the 18th-man substitute during games.

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Two failed HIAs will now provide teams with an additional substitute in 2023, as the previous rule requiring three players to be eliminated from a game rarely came into effect, although the number of players lost is still being felt heavily is.

Annesley said clubs were “unified” during the consultation on increasing vigilance for training headshots.

“The feedback we’ve received is that this is the appropriate way to collect the data and this is an issue that we need to take seriously,” he said.

“Any decision to limit contact training sessions has to be based on science and it hasn’t abated in any way, shape or form when it comes to head or neck contact for the coming season.”

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