ACC promotes concussion awareness, warm ups at AIMS


Released 07/09/17

ACC will have a large presence at the Anchor AIMs Games next week to prevent injuries in young athletes. The games are an ideal opportunity for ACC to help young Kiwis learn practical techniques to keep injury free.

The games start on Saturday 9 September, with over 10,000 competitors descending on Tauranga for a week of competition across 21 codes. ACC has been preparing teams before the event by offering free injury prevention training sessions and education on warm up and concussion.  

“This year we’re focused on sharing our ACC SportSmart warm up programme, and promoting the signs, symptoms and treatment of concussion,” says John Lammas, ACC Sports Injury Prevention Manager.

“We want to teach our young sportspeople the skills they need to keep them safe and keep injury-free over a lifetime of playing sport.  Not just at the AIMS Games.

“This event is a unique opportunity to educate thousands of young people, coaches, parents and teachers on the latest evidence-based programmes proven to help them to become fitter, stronger and stay in the game,” Lammas said.

ACC will be on the ground at the event running warm up sessions for teams, providing recovery, stretching, and free physiotherapy services. They’ll also have sports doctors offering free consultations and concussion checks.  

Vicki Semple, Tournament Director of the Anchor AIMS Games said,   “It’s fantastic to have ACC SportSmart on board this year.  By working in partnership, I truly believe that we can make a difference to our next generation of athletes.  I would encourage any coach, parent, manager to check out one of the ACC SportSmart zones to find out more”.

About ACC Sportsmart

ACC SportSmart is an injury prevention framework promoted by ACC and its partners, NZ Rugby, Netball New Zealand and New Zealand Football, amongst others. 

ACC has role models attending AIMS this year to showcase the skills and techniques they use to prepare for sports. Including Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi (All White), Leana de Bruin (former Silver Fern) Scott Curry (All Blacks 7s) and Selica Winiata (Black Ferns).

ACC SportSmart at AIMS

  • ACC SportSmart zones are being created at Blake Park Harbourside netball courts, Blake Park football fields and Waipuna Park rugby field. Open to all, they will provide ACC SportSmart warm up sessions, recovery, stretching and tapping services and in partnership with Body in Motion free physiotherapy services. 
  • ACC will also have sports doctors working throughout offering free consultations and concussion checks.   These include Dr Stephen Kara (currently the Auckland Blues Team Doctor) and Dr Deb Robinson (ex All Black team Doctor and most recently the Black Fern’s Team Doctor).
  • A range of role models are attending AIMS, undertaking warm-up and skills sessions with AIMS Games attendees. Including:
    • Monday 11 September from 10-2pm – Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi (All White) – Blake Park Football
    • Wednesday, 13 September from 10-2pm – Leana de Bruin (former Silver Fern)  - Harbourside Netball, Blake Park
    • Thursday,  14 September from 10-2pm  - Scott Curry (All Blacks 7s) and Selica Winiata (Black Ferns) – Waipuna Park Rugby 7s
    • Selica will be speaking at the Opening Ceremony and will be available for interviews on Sunday, 10 September.

For interviews with any of the role models; ACC representatives, or sports doctors,  or for more information, please contact:
Katie Brown
021 945 935
katie.brown@acc.co.nz