As the 2013 season commences.......
As the season commences, a reminder to Member/Affiliate Unions to ensure all unions, clubs and schools are aware of and comply with the safety requirements for Rugby. The following ARU Safety Resources are available to assist, including:
1. ARU Medical and Safety Recommendations
2. ARU Concussion Management Factsheet
3. Pocket SCAT 2 – Sports Concussion Assessment Tool
4. Serious Injury Protocol & Report
Below is a summary of each of the ARU Safety Resources.
1. ARU MEDICAL AND SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS (www.tryrugby.com.au/safety)
The ARU Medical and Safety Recommendations for Players, Coaches, Administrators & Match Officials provides recommended measures to ensure that the game is both safe and enjoyable to play.
These recommendations include Injury Management (both Medical Requirements for Player Care, and Management of Serious Injury) and Safety Requirements in the interest of player safety.
- · FIRST AID PERSONNEL - First Aid, Sports Trainer and Medical personnel should be clearly visible in brightly coloured uniform/vests (ie orange, yellow, etc), and easily identifiable from teams.
- · SCRUM ENGAGEMENT SEQUENCE (For Games of all Levels) – The Law requires that referees will call the scrum engagement in the sequence CROUCH, TOUCH and then, when both front rows are ready, SET. This is to be strictly observed.
A word version is available on request for Competition Managers to include in Competition Rules.
2. ARU CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT FACTSHEET (www.tryrugby.com.au/
The ARU Concussion Management Factsheet provides a summary of the major points of the IRB Concussion Guidelines for use by medical practitioners, healthcare professionals, and/or first aid personnel, as well as, clubs/schools, coaches/teachers, team management/support staff, match officials & players/parents. The principles that underpin the IRB Concussion Guidelines are outlined below.
CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES
1. Concussion must be taken extremely seriously to safeguard the long term welfare of Players.
2. Players suspected of having concussion must be removed from play and must not resume play in the match or training.
3. Players suspected of having concussion must be medically assessed.
4. Players suspected of having concussion or diagnosed with concussion must go through a graduated return to play protocol (GRTP).
5. Players must receive medical clearance before returning to play.
Training on concussion management and IRB Concussion Guidelines (in full) is available for all Rugby stakeholders through the IRB Concussion Management Education Website at www.irbplayerwelfare.com/
The ARU Concussion Factsheet has also been included in 2013 SmartRugby booklet provided to all coaches & match officials completing a SmartRugby qualification.
3. POCKET SCAT 2 - SPORTS CONCUSSION ASSESSMENT TOOL (www.tryrugby.com.au/
Pocket SCAT 2 can be used to assist in the identification of suspected concussion where a medical practitioner is not present at the time of the incident. [Note that SCAT2 must only be used for Players aged from 10 years and older.]
Most importantly if a Player:
a. Shows any of the listed symptoms in Table 1; or
b. Fails to answer any of the memory questions correctly in Pocket SCAT 2; or
c. Makes more than five errors in the balance test in Pocket SCAT 2 ; or
There are any concerns that the Player is suspected of having concussion;
then concussion MUST be suspected and the Player MUST be removed from play and referred to a Medical Practitioner or Emergency Department for diagnosis and comprehensive assessment as soon as possible. A Player suspected of having concussion shall move to Stage 2, the GRTP protocol, irrespective of the diagnosis.
Training on appropriate use of Pocket SCAT 2 is available through the IRB Concussion Management Education Website atwww.irbplayerwelfare.com/
The Pocket SCAT 2 card has also been included in 2013 SmartRugby booklet provided to all coaches & match officials completing a SmartRugby qualification. Pocket SCAT2 Apps for iPhone & iPad are also available.
4. ARU SERIOUS INJURY PROTOCOL & REPORT (www.tryrugby.com.au/
ARU Serious Injury Protocol is to be followed in the event of a serious injury to a player’s head or neck (ie: suspected spinal injury) or fatality, and includes notifying the ARU Serious Injury Hotline 1800 036 156.
ARU Serious Injury Report must be completed for the following match or training related injuries:
- · Any HEAD or NECK INJURY that results in a player being treated at an emergency department, hospital or after-hours medical centre, or
- · Any injury that results in the ADMISSION of a player into hospital. (Note: This does not include players taken to an Emergency Department and allowed home from there).
It is the responsibility of the designated club nominee to accurately record details on the Serious Injury Report and e-mail/fax within 48 hours of the time of the incident to their State Union and ARU.
Serious Injury Reporting provides valuable information in relation to the nature, cause, and extent of serious injuries in the game, ensures the State Union and ARU are aware of all serious injuries that occur and allows the ARU to develop strategies to reduce injuries and improve the management of injuries in our game.
COMMUNICATION & RESOURCES
ARU Safety Resources are available to download from the ARU website www.tryrugby.com.au/policies.