All the information about mouthguards, padded equipment, headgear and footwear that players, coaches, and families need to know.
Mouth guards are compulsory in rugby. They help to reduce injuries to the teeth, lips, mouth and tongue, and help to reduce jaw fractures. No mouth guard, no play. And don’t forget – wearing them at practices also makes a lot of sense. A mouth guard needs to be replaced every season to ensure it provides the best protection.
Research evidence shows that lots of rugby injuries are ‘minor’ — bruises, bumps, cuts and lacerations. Padded equipment such as shoulder and chest/breast pads can help reduce the number of cuts, lacerations and bruises players sustain. Padded equipment does not protect players against serious injuries.
If a player chooses to wear headgear, it must be fitted properly and securely. Headgear helps prevent serious cuts to the scalp and ears. It is important to note that headgear DOES NOT protect against concussion.
Players need to make sure that their boots are in good condition and that they use sprigs appropriate to the playing conditions. Players should not practice scrummaging, rucking or mauling in running shoes or cross-trainers.