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Welcome to the Medical section of the World Rugby website, designed for all the rugby family, players, coaches, officials, medical staff and the general public alike. We work to make the game as enjoyable, safe and beneficial as possible for all stakeholders. 

Our concussion section contains guidance, education and management information. There are also education modules available for the general population, medical staff and elite match-day medical staff.

Our injury-management section provides information on injury prevention measures (including player load) and injury surveillance. The Mindset module is a resource for doctors and medical staff to identify and direct treatment for those struggling with mental health issues.

We also include all of World Rugby’s published research and COVID guidelines.

Latest Player Welfare News
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Player welfare

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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Wed 31 March, 2021
· 4 min read
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Player welfare

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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Thu 11 March, 2021
· 3 min read

RWC 2023

Increased rest days confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2023

Rugby World Cup 2023 in France will feature increased rest periods for all teams after the Rugby World Cup Board, the World Rugby Executive Committee, the France 2023 organising committee and International Rugby Players agreed a ground-breaking package of player welfare principles that will underpin a greatly enhanced match schedule when it is announced on Friday, 26 February.
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Mon 22 February, 2021
· 4 min read
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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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Mon 29 June, 2020
· 1 min read
Sat 1 January, 2022
Rugby and Brain Health
A short film on Rugby and Brain Health hosted by IRP representatives Sene Naoupu and Dr Jamie Roberts joined by brain health experts from around the world.