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First Aid

A player is carried from the field on a stretcher during a community rugby game

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This section provides information regarding injury reporting regulations, first aid training and medical policies.

Everyone involved in rugby has a role to play in making the game as enjoyable and safe as possible. Those who hold a coaching position or have a volunteer role providing pitch side care also have a specific responsibility to provide a safe and competent level of care to any injured player. The RFU have produced guidelines to help clubs and volunteers  decide what level of medical provision is available for them.

Clubs have a responsibility to complete a risk assessment to determine the appropriate level of first aid provision. In order to provide a safe environment in which the game can be enjoyed by all, clubs should encourage members, coaches and volunteers to attend a first aid training course and provide appropriate equipment so that they can respond to basic first aid situations with confidence.

Participants in the game can find further information regarding health advice and injured player welfare support in the health pages of this website.

Medics involved with rugby may be interested in reading the newsletters from MedsOnTrack a company specializing in a cloud-based medicines and injury management system.