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The SAFE Rugby, Standard Approach to Field Emergencies in Rugby - program aims to provide rugby specific, pitch side emergency care training and skills to medical staff and non medical individuals involved in rugby union.
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)
SAFE Rugby has been designed to provide a standardised method of assessment and management of the initial stages of any injury occurring in rugby.
The SAFE Rugby techniques are adapted from emergency medicine and pre hospital emergency care best practices and are thought 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 training days are mostly practical in nature and have been extremely well received by almost 600 participants so far this season. The instructor / participant ratio is normally 1:6 which allows for plenty of skills practice.
All levels have some short pre course on line modules which must be completed before the training day.
The SAFE Rugby level 1 course is specifically targeted at 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.
The SAFE Rugby team are keen 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.