PLAYER WELFARE

CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT 

Coolmine Rugby Club subscribes to the IRFU policy on Concussion Management and takes its responsibilities in this regard seriously with all coaches and staff briefed on protocol in managing players under their care with suspected concussion.

 

All coaches when attending courses at any level within the IRFU must first present a certificate that they have completed the online module of Concussion Management for the General Public here.

  • Concussion can have a significant impact on the short and long term health of player if not managed correctly.

  • Concussion MUST be taken extremely seriously.

  • Any player with a suspected concussion MUST be removed immediately from training/play and not returned.

  • All games MUST cease until this is undertaken in a safe manner.

  • Players with a suspected concussion MUST be medically assessed.

  • They MUST not be left alone and MUST not drive a vehicle.

  • There is no such thing as a minor concussion or ‘knock to the head’.

 

Coolmine Rugby supports all efforts by the Leinster branch and the IRFU to drive awareness amongst players, coaches and parents of the affects of concussion and how it should be properly managed.

 

The following links will guide you through concussion, what it is, how it affects the player and how it should be treated and managed.

If you have child or member of the family playing rugby with Coolmine Rugby club you MUST familiarise yourself with this information.

 

EYEWEAR IN RUGBY

World Rugby has approved a game-changing amendment to the laws of the game that will enable the wearing of Raleri rugby goggles at all levels of the game, reaffirming the sport’s commitment to inclusivity.

In line with the international federation’s vision of ‘a sport for all’, approval by Council follows a comprehensive law trial, launched in 2014 after World Rugby identified the need to develop a product that paves the way for greater participation in a safe environment. The IRFU joined the trial in 2016.

In partnership with Italy-based eyewear specialists Raleri, a design was developed to facilitate the inclusion of prescription lenses beyond contact lenses into a device that does not increase the risk of injury to the wearer or to players coming into contact with the wearer. World Rugby also recognises the potential to enable those with limited or no sight in one eye to participate in the sport more comfortably, as demonstrated by the incredible story of Italy international Ian McKinley. 

Anyone interested in the approved goggles should visit www.raleri.com

 
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MOUTHGUARDS

Mouthguards or gumshields are typically worn in contact sports to protect the mouth from injury. The purpose of a mouthguard is to distribute the impact of a contact situation evenly throughout the mouth, potentially reducing the chances of injury. 

Previous studies have indicated that the wearing of mouthguards reduces the incidence of hard and soft  oral injuries, jaw fractures and neck injuries.

 
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