Immediate Care in Rugby

Introduction

Participation in contact/collision sports at all levels is on the increase. Participants in these contact sports have become generally stronger and more athletic, certainly at the elite end of the spectrum, resulting in high levels of energy dissipation in the contact phase. Even though relatively rare, every year there are incidences in contact, and occasionally in non-contact, sports of significant trauma or medical emergencies.

At high exposure elite sporting events there are often numerous medical personnel in attendance including doctors and paramedics to deliver immediate care if required. But more often at the non-elite events there are limited personnel with adequate training and equipment to deal with the immediate care of these players. The time to the arrival of paramedic crews at such events can be considerable especially in remote, limited access areas, when a time critical life threatening injury or medical condition may present.

There is a well-defined need for doctors, physiotherapists and other professionals looking after players and teams to be personally equipped with the skills and the equipment required to enable the delivery of immediate care at the pitch side, race track, poolside etc. Not only do these professionals need to be prepared on match/event days but also at training venues and grounds where a significant numbers of injuries or medical problems can occur.

The aim of this course is to introduce the skills and equipment required to facilitate the delivery of immediate care to our sports men and women who may suffer a time critical life or limb threatening injury or medical condition. Candidates will experience multi-modality training in a positive learning environment delivered by an experienced faculty from the fields of pre hospital care, emergency medicine and sports and exercise medicine.

Candidates will be assessed to ensure adequate acquisition of knowledge and skills along with scenario application, analysis and evaluation allowing them to demonstrate they are able to deliver immediate care post course.

The on line textbook and questions are an aid to candidates undertaking the course facilitating adequate preparation. Candidates will progress through each of the chapters starting with the foundations of immediate care delivery. They will focus on the specifics of the SABCDE approach developing an understanding of the assessment processes and management of potential time critical life or limb threatening injuries and medical conditions. Attention will be placed on managing spinal, facial, musculoskeletal trauma, medical emergencies including temperature related illness and introduce them to medical equipment including medical gases while focusing on the importance of emergency planning in the provision of immediate care in rugby.

At the end of each chapter the candidate will be required to answer correctly questions before progressing to the next chapter. This will highlight areas that require further attention before moving on to the next subject. On completion of the on line chapters candidates will gain access to the rest of the course materials including the slide set, skill and scenario station proformas and the course programme. This will allow candidates to be fully prepare for the face to face component of the course.

It is the intention that through this course there will be a significant improvement in the provision of immediate trauma and medical care to our players, facilitating not only a reduction in the morbidity and mortality, but also a rewarding satisfaction to the providers of this care.