Player Safety

Player Safety

Player safety is of utmost importance, and we are committed to ensuring that all players, coaches and parents understand and support our approach. We organise a rugby specific first aid training, updated every two years, available for all coaches and those regularly involved in the club. It is also available to parents, so if you are interested in joining the next session, please let the admin desk know.

It is obligatory for ALL players playing full contact rugby, to use a gum shield/mouth guard. This helps both the player and his opponents, reducing the risk of damage to the teeth and of concussion.

Concussion

We are aware of the concerns regarding concussion and have instigated the following policy, based on guidelines from various rugby authorities.

IF a child is believed to have any form of head injury, or shows any associated signs of a head injury, they will be withdrawn from play immediately by the coach. They will not be allowed to renter the playing field, and will not be able to train/play for a minimum of 1 week. This approach will be strictly followed, and the decision to withdraw the child will be made by the coach.

We do not recommend the use of head guards in children, as we believe they can lead to a false sense of confidence, particularly in younger players – leading to the development of poor and dangerous technique.

‘Rugby head guards do not prevent concussion. In some individuals, they may increase risk taking behaviour and thus actually increase the risk of head impacts’

England Rugby – concussion awareness training programme.

For more information on concussion.

http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/players/player-health/concussion-headcase/players-and-parents/

 

RFU online concussion course:

http://www.englandrugbyfiles.com/concussion/courses/coaches

 

Pitch side Concussion Advice Cards

http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugby/Headcase/01/30/91/29/Headcasepitchsideadvicecards_Neutral.pdf