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Injury prevention Exercise Programme

As you will have seen, the RFU and Bath University conducted an injury prevention study recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (full details here) which found a targeted exercise programme was shown to reduce rugby injuries by over 70% and concussion by 59% when completed at least three times a week.

We wanted to make you aware of the roll-out of this programme to the game.

Coaches and teachers will have the opportunity to access a 90 minute face-to-face training session on how to implement this exercise programme, free of charge, delivered by RFU Community Rugby Coaches. The session will equip coaches and teachers with the key components of the exercise programme detailed in the study to enable them to deliver it as part of their existing rugby and PE sessions.

These sessions will be supported with online resources including videos and downloadable content, but we highly recommend that coaches and teachers attend the face-to-face session prior to accessing this.

In the coming weeks we will be contacting all club coach coordinators (as listed on GMS – so please make sure your records are up-to-date) and schools affiliated to the EFRSU with more details on how to register interest in hosting a session at their club or school. Those clubs/schools will then be contacted be their local delivery team to arrange a session which will start from the 1st August.

Please note
While our local delivery teams will do their best to support all clubs and educational institutes interested in hosting sessions, as the study was carried out using schoolboys across the U15 to U18 age groups and adult male players we will be prioritising our coach and teacher education within the following areas:

  • U14 – U18 Club Teams and Coaches
  • Rugby playing schools and teachers
  • Rugby playing colleges and coaches
  • Rugby playing university teams and coaches
  • Adult club teams and coaches
As a progression to the study and the work we are doing around injury prevention, the RFU will be looking to conduct further research into younger players and female playing groups with the anticipation of developing similar programmes in the future.