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Medical Provision At Your Rugby Club

During rugby activities, in common with all sports, players, officials or spectators may suffer injury or sudden illness. While the arrangements for spectators and officials are likely to be the same as for any other sport, because rugby is a full contact sport, the arrangements for players will need to reflect this.

A volunteer physio checks on a player's shoulder during a community rugby match

Photo: RFU Archive

It is the club’s or event organiser’s responsibility to ensure that arrangements are in place so that participants receive appropriate immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill, until the emergency services arrive.

There are many issues to consider, and there are a number of sections on this website to help.

The insurance pages outline the medical cover affiliated clubs can expect from the RFU, while the first aid area covers the process for reporting of injuriesdetails first aid courses and much more.

Also, the extensive player health section has a wealth of information on injury preventionimmediate treatment and injured player welfare.

For those involved in arranging medical provision at community rugby clubs, this section contains advice on which medical professionals to associate with, the role of a Club Medical Officer, and some some rehabilitation guidance.