RugbySafe is RFU’s overarching player safety and wellbeing programme to support clubs, schools, colleges, universities and participants at all levels of the game.
It has five different strands that provide input into how the game should be played and managed so that rugby is as safe as possible.
- Values & Culture. How the embedding of the core values and creating a positive culture is a fundamental element to making the game fun and safe.
- Playing Environment. Information, guidance and resources for rugby activity organisers on what needs to be in place and how the game should be managed to enable a fun and safe playing environment.
- Education & Development. Information on the RFU’s training courses for coaches, match officials, teachers and other volunteers that increase awareness of the key safety elements.
- The Game. Information, guidance and resources on different playing opportunities, the laws and regulations, and the role these play in providing a fun and safe game for all.
- Research. Information on the different research that the RFU is engaged with,key findings and how these are used to inform the game.
DON'T BE A HEADCASE
Concussion is a disturbance of the normal working of the brain but without there being any structural damage.
Most people who sustain a concussion do not require any treatment as they normally get better by themselves and recover quickly, but for some the symptoms may last for days, weeks or in rare cases even longer.
In young players, we need to be extra vigilant because the child or adolescent brain is still developing. This means that a concussion can have more of an impact on the brain, and if a second one occurs before recovery of the first, this can result in prolonged symptoms that can have a significant impact on the child.
Don’t be a HEADCASE is an instructional video about concussion and is required viewing for anyone involved in rugby.
ACTIVATE: INJURY PREVENTION
Activate is the RFU’s Injury Prevention Exercise Programme
Through the research the RFU carries out, the understanding of injuries and why injuries occur, continues to advance. Factors that can affect the risk of injury include player technique, coaching behaviour and how the game is officiated.
The Activate Injury Prevention Exercise Programme provides evidence that the appropriate conditioning of players significantly contributes to reducing the risk of injury. The exercises included in the programme are designed to improve functional and core strength, balance and agility all of which assist a player in dealing with the physical demands of the game.
On registration, a range of online resources are available.ACCESS ACTIVATE
FIRST AID PROVISION
The Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union (EFARU) course has been developed by the RFU and is a fully recognised Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course.
It includes extra rugby-specific elements designed for coaches, match officials and volunteers who are designated as a first-aider and are responsible for providing pitch-side cover at both training and matches.FIRST AID PROVISION
FOOD FOR RUGBY
The key to getting your nutrition correct is getting the right food at the right time.
That means learning about the Nutrition Commandments, Fuelling your Body Right, Getting the Foundations Right, Recipe Ideas and Preparing for Games. If you feel you already know about this, visit Food for Rugby and try our Nutrition Quiz.FOOD FOR RUGBY
Children are the lifeblood of the game and it is crucial that they are cared for in the correct manner. Any player under the age of 18 is classed as a child and should be respected as such.
The RFU Safeguarding Policy Guidance & Procedures sets out the key principles and provides best practice guidance. The policy and guidance is relevant and useful for all those involved in creating safe environments in rugby union whether as a parent, coach, spectator or club official.SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
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