Connacht travel to play the Newport Gwent Dragons this Thursday in the latest round of the GUINNESS PRO12. Ahead of the game, the province's medical team have provided the following update.
There are three different levels of SAFE Rugby training available:
Level 3: Restricted to professional game medical staff (2 day course with assessment)
Level 2: Domestic game medical and allied health professionals (1 day course with assessment)
Level 1: Coaches, club officials, referees, parents/guardians (1 day course)
Our Level 2 & 3 courses are recognised for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. All levels have pre course on line modules that must be completed before the training day.
The SAFE Rugby Level 1 course is specifically targeted at non-medical club and school coaches, players, referees and parents. Following the same key principles as the other levels, it is very user friendly and allows plenty of time to have all of those questions that you had stowed away to be answered by our instructors.
SAFE Rugby has been designed to provide a standardised method of assessment and management of the initial stages of injuries occurring in rugby. Our programme recognises the fact that most people involved in rugby will only deal very occasionally with a significant injury. Our step by step, practical approach will ensure that the participant is confident and competent in looking after all eventualities until professional help arrives.
The SAFE Rugby techniques are adapted from emergency medicine and pre hospital emergency care best practices and are taught by highly experienced and skilled pre hospital care practitioners and senior medical staff from a variety of specialities including anaesthesia, orthopaedics and emergency medicine.
SAFE Rugby courses at all levels include Basic Life Support / Advisory External Defibrillation training and certification by the Irish Heart Foundation as well as a SAFE Rugby certificate from the IRFU, both valid for 2 years. Core skills include the initial approach to an injured player, managing suspected spinal and head injuries, managing fractures and joint injuries and concussion awareness. The instructor / participant ratio is normally 1:6 which allows for plenty of skills practice. The training days are mostly practical in nature and have been extremely well received by all those who have attended.
The SAFE Rugby team are always happy to talk to any club/school or individual who wants to participate in a SAFE Rugby course. In addition to our planned schedule of courses, we welcome any approach to run additional courses. Please email our First Aid and Injury Prevention Coordinator, Shane Mooney - Shane.Mooney@irfu.ie or call 086 021 6064 for any further information.