In this area we look at what players, coaches and all the rugby community can do to help keep players safe.  There are some key things we all can do, to keep players injury free and if an injury does occur how we can identify and treat injuries, and help players recover. 

In this section
Protective Equipment

Useful info about mouthguards, padded equipment, headgear and footwear.

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Concussion

We all have a role to play in recognising, removing and helping to manage concussion.

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Managing an injury

All you need to know about identifying, treating and recovering from an injury.

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Training is all about building a foundation - strength, conditioning and fitness.

Here’s a great tool to help you improve your fitness and get in top condition.  This can be used during pre-season as well as part of your in-season fitness training.

Designed by the best at New Zealand Rugby to help you prepare and get in better shape no matter what level you are starting at.  It’s tailored to you and your needs as a rugby player and takes into consideration your age, the position you play and how fit you are.  All you need to do is put in your details and it will develop a weekly training plan.

It provides you with tips and explains all the exercises in detail.  You can watch videos and download your plan.

Concussion

New Zealand Rugby want to ensure that anyone involved in rugby knows what to do when they suspect a player has sustained a concussion. We all have a role to play in recognising, removing and helping to manage concussions.

Recognise

Here are all the signs and symptoms to look out for. 

Recover And Return

For any concussion there is a minimum stand down period before a player can return to contact training.

During this stand down period players must complete the Graduated Return to Learn/Work and the Return to Play (GRTP) Programme.

These programmes are based on international best practice with the goal of helping players recover and get back to school/work and sport.

Blue Card

The Blue Card is a tool a referee can use to remove a player from a game who they suspect may have a concussion.

Managing Injuries

All you need to know about identifying, treating and recovering from an injury.

Player Profiling

Player profiles help coaches and trainers make sure that players are ready to perform, so they can get the most of the game.

It helps coaches to determine players’ fitness, establish a baseline and identify any risks of specific issues.  It also allows coaches to tailor training to the needs of players.

Environment

Providing a safe environment for players is a no brainer.  We have developed a checklist to help identify and eliminate hazards.

The rugby environment includes not only the weather but also the facilities, surfaces and equipment that are being used. Make sure you assess all these factors before play or training starts.

Protective Equipment

All the information about mouthguards, padded equipment, headgear and footwear that players, coaches, and families need to know.