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The information within this section is designed to improve the well-being of players throughout the game, and is applicable to almost anyone involved in rugby, from lower league clubs right up to elite level.
These pages explain the general health benefits of rugby and also aim to provide players with resources and knowledge that will help them maximise the amount of time they can play and train in what can be a very physically demanding sport.
The RFU is at the forefront of English rugby’s drive to improve player welfare through the evaluation and management of injuries. The England Rugby Injury & Training Audit 20011-2012 (PDF 1.3MB) was published on March 22, 2013 and is an in-depth study aimed at decreasing the frequency and severity of player injuries.
The full report can be downloaded above and the England Rugby Injury & Training Audit – Key Findings can be viewed on RFU.com.
The RFU Community Rugby Injury Surveillance Project is now in its sixth year, examining data from over 100 grassroots clubs, playing at levels 3-9.
The latest season report is available here (PDF 692kB), which shows the key finding that within community rugby the injury rate significantly decreases as the club's league level lowers. This study is used to inform our coach education programmes such as Rugby Ready and the online coaching academy, which will contain significant elements on injury prevention.
The risk of injuries in rugby can be reduced by incorporating injury prevention exercises into a player's training regime, while immediate, effective treatment and can help minimise the severity of an injuries should they occur. It is also vital that correct reporting of injuries takes place.
Volunteers, firstaiders and healthcare professionals can find further information regarding first aid training and medical policies in our first aid section. Players, coaches and parents can also use the following link to access more detailed training and fitness information.