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 first aid/immediate care also have a specific responsibility to provide a safe and competent level of care to any injured player.
All rugby activity whether it is a match, festival or just training should have some level of first aid cover. The minimum recommended level of first aid is training equivalent to the nationally recognised Emergency First Aid at Work, however in some cases an Immediate Care Practitioner may also be required.The RFU’s First Aid and Immediate Care Community Guidelines provide extensive information for clubs, schools, colleges, universities and other activity organising bodies on what policies, procedures and provision they should have including:
• Responsibilities of Club Management
• Levels of Provision for training and matches
• First Aid & Immediate Care Roles & Training
• First Aid Equipment
• Record Keeping
• Reporting of injuries
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 be equipped with appropriate First Aid equipment so that they can respond to basic first aid situations with confidence.