IDENTIFY AND MANAGE AN INJURY
There are a few basic things that you can make sure happen immediately after an injury has occurred - this is called the immediate phase. Coaches and players should be 100% familiar with these procedures.
SUSPECTED SPINAL INJURY
In the event of a suspected spinal or other serious injury:
- GET HELP FIRST, and GET IT FAST
- Call 111 for an Ambulance.
- Don't move the player until qualified medical personnel arrive!
A player may have suffered a severe neck injury, and yet still be able to move. If the spine is unstable, and they are moved, they run the risk of permanent paralysis.
Referees and coaches should err on the side of caution and seek medical assistance in the event of any potentially serious injury.
FOR ALL OTHER INJURIES
If the injury disrupts play, get the player assessed on the field so you can decide whether to keep the player on or take them off. If emergency treatment is not needed, here is a tool to help with further assessment.
WHAT TO DO FOR SUSPECTED SPINAL INJURY
WHAT TO DO FOR SOFT TISSUE INJURIES
Once the injury has been diagnosed and treated, avoid these harmful factors for 72 hours:
|Heat increases the bleeding in the injured tissues. Avoid hot baths and showers, saunas, hot water bottles, heat packs and liniments.
|Massage causes an increase in bleeding and swelling and will prolong the rehabilitation process when done within 72 hours of the injury.
NEW ZEALAND RUGBY FOUNDATION
The New Zealand Rugby Foundation(NZRF) has for over 30 years provided support to NZ Rugby Players (and their families) who suffer serious total and permanent injuries playing our national game. It provides comfort to all players that if the unimaginable happens, there is support and partnership for life.
The focus of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation is:
- Care - Improve the quality of life for our VIP (Very Injured Players).
- Advocacy – Champion safety in our game.
- Sustain our Foundation through world class stewardship.
However the work of the NZRF goes beyond this, to find out more click here