Rugby is a physical contact sport. Injuries can and do occur as a result of playing rugby, either through isolated injuries or through continuous playing of the game over time. Participants should always consider their own fitness before commencing the playing of rugby and before any game. Participants should take their own medical advice before playing and especially following an injury (following concussion this is mandatory).
The safety of all players is of paramount importance and therefore all clubs must ensure that, wherever the game is played or training is conducted:
World Rugby provides a range of educational modules to help all stakeholders learn about Player Welfare best practice. Please visit playerwelfare.worldrugby.org to access player welfare information such as First Aid in Rugby and Concussion Management.
Health & Safety Club Medical Emergency Action Plan (MS Word Doc)
Basic physical preparation and skill development prior to playing rugby for all coaches, teachers and referees is available on the following download.
All players from the age of 15 are encouraged to complete the World Rugby online Rugby Ready self-check assessment. This is compulsory for all U16 in U18 rugby and U18 in adult rugby.
You will be asked for your name, your contact information and club (this is mandatory). All other information is optional, but ideally you should enter:
Staff at Scottish Rugby will enter the information onto the CDMS system. When the form has been submitted, AON (the insurers), Scottish Rugby and the club or school will receive an email. They may contact you if further information is required.
Please note Scottish Rugby's insurance policy covers participation in the game from the age of 5 (Primary 1) to 55 years of age.
Please contact Richard Wood, Medical Coordinator (Email: [email protected] Tel: 0131 346 5019) should you have any questions.