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Welcome to Activate the RFU’s Injury Prevention Exercise Programme

The contact nature of rugby union means that injuries do occur, through the research the RFU carries out the understanding of what type of injuries and why injuries occur continues to advance.  There are a number of factors that can affect the risk of injury including player technique, coaching behaviours and how the game is officiated.  Through the RugbySafe initiative the RFU are working across all of these areas to improve the safety of players, furthermore the research into the Activate Injury Prevention Exercise Programme provides evidence that the 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.

Key findings:

When players were highly compliant with the programme (3 times a week) there was a:

School boy study:

  • 72% reduction in overall match injuries
  • 59% reduction in concussion

Adult male community game study:

  • Trend toward reducing overall match injuries * 40% reduction in lower limb injuries
  • 59% reduction in concussion

Accessing Activate Resources

The online resources are free to access, however you will require an RFU account to sign up, if you don’t have an account you will be instructed how to do so as part of the sign up process.

To access the Activate resources you will need to sign up to a “virtual” course. Once you have booked on the course you will receive a confirmation email followed by details of how to access the resources for the 1st phase of exercises, this can take up to 2-3 days (please check your junk folder). Each phase resource includes a downloadable instruction manual and exercise cue cards as well as videos demonstrating each specific exercise. 

Activate is a progressive exercise programme, you will therefore receive emails with details of how to access the next phase at regular intervals following sign up. The time between emails will be dependent on whether you have signed up for the adult (every 4 weeks) or youth programmes (every 6 weeks).

The online resources are free to access, however it is highly recommended that coaches/teachers attend the face to face session  - courses can be requested through your club coach coordinator or relevant rugby lead (for school teachers/coaches), who should contact your local RDO/CRC.

 

To access the online programme resources please click on the programme which you’d like to sign up to:

U15 U16 U17/18 Adult

The online resources will be free to access, however it is highly recommended that coaches/teachers attend the face to face session  - courses can be requested through your club coach coordinator or relevant rugby lead (for school teachers/coaches), who should contact your local RDO/CRC.

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