The Player Welfare programme consists of a series of resources and measures made available to clubs, players, coaches, educators, parents, and the entire Suisserugby Community. The different measures and services constitute a set of recommendations, not rules or obligations. .
Here we focus on a set of measures designed to decrease the likelihood and risk of sustaining an injury or endangering the welfare of a player.
The following priorities have been identified by the Medical Commission to be implemented next:
FIT TO PLAY:
• It is the opinion of the Medical Commission that it is not the responsibility of the clubs or the Federation to certify a player who is medically fit.
Each Player (or their parents) have to ensure he/she is healthy and fit to play.
• It is a recommendation to the player (prospective or current) that:
If you have any prior or current medical condition we recommend a discussion with your medical doctor to see if you require any further medical evaluation
• The player also has the right to abstain from playing games if they are unfit to play and the clubs have to respect this decision
That said, the FSR and World Rugby provide the clubs and the players a number of tools & resources to help the players ensure that they are Fit to Play, both from a health standpoint and from a training / fitness / skills standpoint.
The Warm-up, Training, Conditioning, Activate, Tackle Ready programmes as well as medical recommendations and resources are all part of this.
WORLD RUGBY CARDIAC SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE:
• The Lausanne Cardiac Screening Recommendations state that 40% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occur in athletes under 18
• Therefore, it is proposed that cardiac screening would be recommended for U18 players for the 2020/2021 Season
• It would be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to complete the questionnaire and sign a Cardiac Questionnaire Disclaimer since they are legally responsible for the U18 player.
• This questionnaire would be recommended to be completed every two years until the player becomes eighteen years old
• The World Rugby Questionnaire has been devised to aid in identification of young players who engage in competitive rugby but could be at risk of suffering from a serious cardiac arrest
• It is acknowledged that this is not a common occurrence and it is recognized that cardiac screening programmes remain controversial. However, the World Rugby Cardiac Screening Questionnaire is a method of trying to address undetected cardiac abnormalities
• World Rugby recommends cardiac screening for young players and it is the opinion that this initiative would be an active step in a preventative strategy regarding the player welfare of our younger players
The different measures are introduced step by step over the course of several seasons, and provide a set of recommendations and resources designed to help any players, coaches, parents, or clubs who might be interested in enhancing and ensuring player safety and welfare.