The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) World Rugby encourages Clubs and Schools to take following recommended measures to ensure that the game is both safe and enjoyable to play.
The ARU Medical and Safety Recommendations are outlined for the Management of Injury (both Medical Requirements for Player Care, and Management of Serious Injury) and Safety Requirements in the interest of player safety.
ARU Medical Policy
ARU Medical Safety & Recommendations
ARU Concussion Guidance (Rugby Public - Standard Care Pathway)
The Australian Rugby Union provides guidance regarding concussion which applies to everyone involved in Rugby across Australia.
At all times, players, parents, coaches and officials need to act in the best interest of player safety and welfare by taking responsibility for the recognition, removal and referral of players to a medical doctor and then ensuring concussion is appropriately managed according to the guidelines.
Under the guidelines:
World Rugby has defined minimum rest periods for adults and children and adolescents.
ü Start light exercise (Stage 2) when appropriate.
ü Progress through the GRTP without any symptoms or signs recurring.
ü Start contact training (Stage 5) after receiving a medical certificate from a medical doctor.
ü Medical clearance should be accordance with the ARU Concussion Guidance around return to contact training when applying the standard care pathway.
People involved in Rugby should familiarise themselves with the full guidelines outlined in:
Additional Concussion Resources
A great resource for additional information for the Athlete, Coach, Medical Practitioner, Parents and Players can be found at ASC Concussion in Sport.
Research Collaboration Application
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) Concussion Advisory Group (CAG) has developed a process to support research collaboration around concussion in rugby union. Collaboration applications, together with ethics approval from a recognized academic institution, are reviewed by the CAG. Each application is assessed on it's merit and practical implementation.
Additional Health & Safety Resources
Serious Injury Protocol/ Report
ARU Insurance Scheme
Smart Rugby Policy
Lightning Safety Guidelines