The Rugby Players’ Association recently teamed up with Newcastle Falcons to deliver the first educational seminar of the season, a specialist Emergency First Aid course for Sport, to Newcastle Academy players, as part of the RPA player development programme.
Jointly produced by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and Safety Training Awards (the Awarding Body arm of the STA), the RFU Emergency First Aid For Sport course included all general first aid with a specific emphasis on those injuries that are important in rugby such as spinal injuries and concussion.
As the game of rugby constantly evolves, the likelihood of serious injury in any contact sport continues to prove a major worry for players taking the pitch. The main aim of the course was to educate players on all areas from understanding the role of the First Aider, to knowing how best to assess an emergency situation and act appropriately.
The structure of the day included a handbook, DVD, online course and a practical session covering three main areas: First Aid (General), Basic Life Support & Rugby Related Injuries.
Falcons’ Academy and Scotland U20’s player Glen Young who attended the seminar, thought it provided an intriguing insight into how best to handle the unexpected:
“As rugby players we often forget how dangerous this sport actually is, so to have seminars like this where we learn how to handle certain situations, really fills players with confidence. When you see one of your teammates get injured or knocked out during a match your first thoughts are normally to try and help. Thankfully we never have to because our physiotherapists or doctors are quickly on scene, but if for ever reason we have to, we now know what to do.