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Club Statement: Kalyn Ponga update

The nib Newcastle Knights, in conjunction with independent concussion consultant, Conjoint Professor of Neurology at the University of Newcastle, and HMRI Researcher Professor Chris Levi, are continuing to explore all options to support Kalyn Ponga’s recovery from concussion.

This work includes consulting with global organisations to ensure every step is taken to safeguard player health and wellbeing.

After lengthy discussion and extensive research, Kalyn and Newcastle Knights Chief Medical Officer Dr Jin Lee are travelling to Vancouver, Canada to undertake further assessments.

Kalyn will undergo testing using a device that measures neurophysiological markers, which in turn will assist clinical decision making around recovery following concussion and provide further objective information to guide our clinicians.  

The assessment will involve technology that is approved for use in Northern America however not yet available in Australia.

nib Newcastle Knights Director of Football Peter Parr spoke about the factors behind the decision.

Parr provides update on Ponga decision


“Management of concussion is a complex issue for everyone involved, we see this an opportunity to gather additional information to assist Kalyn in his recovery,” Parr said.

“Our broader aim, under the guidance of Professor Levi, is to develop a model of care that will advance our capacity in supporting players with concussion.

“Kalyn remains in good spirits and wishes to thank everyone who has enquired about his health.”

The travel party departed Australia on Friday March 24 and will return once testing is completed.  

We will keep the public informed of any outcomes we are permitted to share, whilst maintaining patient confidentiality and respecting Kalyn’s privacy throughout the process.