Equipment and Environment
It is compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during matches and strongly recommended to also wear during trainings.
Mouthguards should fit, and stay in place to spread impacts evenly and absorb energy. The right material and thickness go a long way to keeping your teeth safe, and protecting the surrounding soft tissue. This can even prevent a broken jaw.
However, mouthguards are 100 percent useless if they are left at home, in bags or tucked into socks. Wear them at trainings and games.
IF THEY DON'T FIT PROPERLY THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
PADDED EQUIPMENT AND HEADGEAR
Research shows that padded equipment helps reduce the number of minor injuries like bruises, cuts and abrasions. However, it does not protect against major injuries. Pads should also not be worn to protect existing injuries before they are fully recovered.
Footwear should be in good condition and appropriate for the playing surface. Studs or cleats must not be longer than 21mm, and must not have any burring or sharp edges.
THE PLAYING ENVIRONMENT
It’s very important that the playing conditions allow players to enjoy themselves while reducing the risk of injury. Environmental issues that need to be checked before training or playing are:
• The playing area. Make sure spectators and vehicles are positioned well away from the playing field. If there are perimeter fences or hoardings, these should be at a safe distance away from the touchline and appropriately padded.
• The playing surface should be level, free of holes and suitably lit. There should be no exposed sprinkler heads, broken glass, rubbish or stones on the surface.
The playing equipment
• Goal posts should be suitably padded.
• Scrum machines should be well maintained, and when not in use – stored away from where children cannot play on them.
• Corner flags should be placed properly and should flex on impact.