Updated Reporting Process for Youth Rugby from the HKRFU
It should be noted there is great emphasis on timing of notification of the injury and submission of documentation.
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Here is the link to the RFU's online Injury Reporting form
How to Manage a Rugby Injury by Helen Hinton
Injuries are part of any contact sport, and they are certainly a part of choosing to play rugby. Whilst younger players tend to avoid excessive contact, as a player grows and becomes more competitive, so too grows their likelihood of suffering an injury. With a little luck, you will only ever experience minor injuries, but the most important part of suffering an injury is recognising that you have hurt yourself and managing that injury as responsibly as possible.
What Types of Injuries are Most Common Amongst Rugby Players?
It’s important to remember that the chances of a player experiencing a serious or life threatening whilst playing rugby are incredibly rare.  What is more likely is that you would experience a few bumps and bruises, muscle pulls and strains. Because rugby involves sustained running, players have the potential to suffer from overuse injuries due to sustained use of the same muscles: tendinitis and bursitis are common results of this. As rugby is a contact sport, players also run the small risk that they will sustain a traumatic injury as the result of a collison: these could include fractured bones, dislocated fingers and, more commonly, knee injuries. Finally, rugby players run the risk that they will suffer concussion as the result of contact injuries: symptoms of concussion include dizziness, blurred vision, headaches and a general sense of confusion. If you find you are injured then here are a few hints and tips for managing the pain, and ensuring that you heal properly so you are back to full fitness as quickly as possible.
The Importance of Rehabilitation
When you have suffered an injury the first rule of thumb you should learn is that it’s important to ‘do no further harm’ to yourself . This means that you should immediately rest the body part that you have injured, and you should certainly never consider continuing to participate with an injury (this is particularly important when it comes to running on injured legs, which could cause real and serious damage that could ultimately affect your mobility. If you suspect that you have suffered a concussion  then it is important that you remove yourself from the game or practice that you are taking part in, and seek the help and assistance of a medical professional. It can be tempting to play through a concussion, as you have no physical injury to prevent you from taking part in the game, but for the good of your own health it is important to remove yourself from the field rather than risk suffering a further head injury. According to the coaching toolbox, “Players who return to play before they have fully recovered end up missing about three times as much play as they would have if they had completely healed before resuming play.”  so not only is taking the time to rest and allow your body to heel essential for ensuring that your looking after your body in the right way, in the long run it’s also important for getting you back on the field as quickly as possible too.
Once you are symptom free and feel that you are ready to get back in the game, the next step is to ensure that your body is as ready as possible to play before the contact aspect of a full game should be attempted. This means that you should enjoy some light exercise and training  strengthening your muscles, which are unlikely to have been used to their fullest extent since you sustained your injury, and which should be fully prepared and at their physical peak before you attempt to play a full game of rugby again. Sustaining a rugby injury at any age can be frustrating and hard to cope with, but they are particularly frustrating in childhood  when being physically active is such an important part of your day to day life. But the good news is, with the right rest and the right rehabilitation, you can be back on your feet and back in the game in no time.
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