Bournemouth Rugby Club takes player and spectator safety seriously. All teams have first aid provision at the level recommended by the RFU and a team of physiotherapists, paramedic and doctor supplement this.
All Coach’s and first aiders are expected to be familiar with recognising concussion and what to do in an emergency.
Concussion information can be found at RFU Concussion Headcase on the RFU website with resources for players, parents and coach’s. All players with suspected concussion should be managed according to these policies.
In the event of a serious injury or illness, of player or spectator, the first aider looking after that area will take control, supported by the coaching team, and ensure that an ambulance is called. A runner should be sent to the social club bar staff to ensure that the high vehicle gate is open to allow the ambulance to enter the site and a second runner to collect the AED in the event of cardiac arrest.
If other match’s are being played at the same time then other first aid/medical team should be sent for to provide assistance as required.
Any death within 6 hours of a game or injury that results in admission to hospital (not if seen and discharged from A&E) is reportable to the RFU, follow this link for further details: Injury Reporting Incidents like this are rare and are likely to attract media attention and it is therefore important that the Director of Rugby and the Club CEO are made aware and will deal with any media enquires and ensure adequate support to those involved and their families.
All accidents and treatments should be recorded in the accident book.
Players should only be moved from the pitch if this can be done safely given the level of equipment and training of personnel present.
Casualties must be looked after whilst awaiting the ambulance service. A decision regarding the continuation or abandonment of the remainder of the game must be made. The over riding factor being whether the casualty can be looked after & any further injuries can be dealt with. Factors to consider include the number of first aiders, severity of illness or injury and whether the opposition first aider is happy to assist.
Players who are removed from the field of play but don’t require an ambulance should be given appropriate advice regarding attending a&e or their GP and advised to attend the physiotherapy hut for review prior to returning to training or match play. (Open Tuesday and Thursday during training).