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Player Welfare Guidelines

World Rugby Player Welfare Guidelines

Medical and non-medical guidelines that outline best practice in player welfare.

World Rugby take the following steps with developing player welfare guidelines:

  1. Identify welfare risks to players.
  2. Investigate ways to reduce these risks.
  3. Develop and approve best practice.
  4. Share best practice guidelines.

Best practice guidelines cover numerous medical and non-medical topics, which World Rugby continue to review, update, and expand when new knowledge comes to light.

Guidelines are available to help Unions share best practice with stakeholders, and Unions may adapt the advice in the guidelines to meet their needs.

 

Medical Guidelines
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Player Welfare

Mon 29 June, 2020

Single Organ Guideline

Athletes with single organs are permitted to play Rugby pending individual assessment and clearance by the appropriately qualified medical practitioner. This clearance must consider the available published information on the risks of participation, the current health of the athlete and the potential negative impact of accidental collision. This guideline only applies to athletes whose single organ is normally functioning and includes (but is not limited to) the following organs - eyes, kidneys, testicle, ovaries.
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Participation Guidelines
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Player Welfare

Mon 29 June, 2020

Single Organ Guideline

Athletes with single organs are permitted to play Rugby pending individual assessment and clearance by the appropriately qualified medical practitioner. This clearance must consider the available published information on the risks of participation, the current health of the athlete and the potential negative impact of accidental collision. This guideline only applies to athletes whose single organ is normally functioning and includes (but is not limited to) the following organs - eyes, kidneys, testicle, ovaries.
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Player Welfare News
University of Otago study

Player welfare

Wed 31 March, 2021

World Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, the University of Otago and Prevent Biometrics to undertake ground-breaking community rugby head impact study

Underscoring the continued commitment to furthering head injury prevention in rugby, World Rugby is partnering with New Zealand Rugby, the University of Otago and Prevent Biometrics to undertake a ground-breaking study to understand the nature and frequency of head impacts in men’s and women’s community and age-grade rugby.
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Player welfare

Thu 11 March, 2021

World Rugby furthers head injury prevention commitment with expanded Head Contact Process

World Rugby has publicly launched the Head Contact Process (HCP) to assist the sanctioning process for contact with the head and neck, underscoring the sport’s commitment to head injury prevention. This process has been developed through extensive collaboration and consultation with current and former players, coaches, referees and medical experts.
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Player Welfare Videos

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