Player Safety / Welfare

This page is designed to provide rugby administrators with information regarding guidelines / best practices for ensuring the safety of your club members.

If there is anything you wish to see added here, or have any questions or concerns, please contact Manager, Operations and Administration - David Patterson - dpatterson@rugbyontario.com

Serious Injury Notification Report / Critical Incident Protocol


If there is a suspected head, neck or spinal cord injury that occurs in a match or organized training session and requires the athlete to cease participation in said event, please complete the Rugby Ontario Serious Injury Notification Report, and send it to the Rugby Ontario office (dpatterson@rugbyontario.com).

As well, please review the Rugby Ontario Critical Incident Protocol for additional information.

Concussion Safety and Protocols


Rugby Ontario takes the welfare of players very seriously, in keeping with our mission to promote, develop, and administer the playing of rugby under safe conditions in this province. Concussion safety and prevention are important player welfare concerns, and the International Rugby Board has created guidelines for the diagnosis, management, and graduated return to play of players who have suffered a concussion.

Rugby Ontario policy requires all matches under its jurisdiction to be played in accordance to IRB Laws of the Game and their Regulations. Specifically, IRB Regulation 10.1 Concussion states – a Concussion must be taken extremely seriously. Players suspected of having a concussion or diagnosed with concussion MUST be removed from the field of play and take no further part in the Match or training. Players suspected of having a concussion or diagnosed with concussion MUST go through a graduated return to play protocol described in the IRB Concussion Guidelines.

Rugby Ontario strongly recommends that all players, coaches, parents, referees, administrators, medical practitioners, and other rugby stakeholders educate themselves on the Guidelines and Graduated Return to Play process through the newly released education modules from the IRB, which are available on www.irbplayerwelfare.com

The Concussion Modules cover scenarios where medical practitioners are available to oversee the process, as well as situations where members of the team; coaches, parents and indeed the players themselves may need to manage a concussion. The IRB resources are designed to ensure players that do suffer a concussion are managed effectively for their long-term health and welfare.

Collectively, we have a responsibility to ensure that all rugby stakeholders are fully aware of the dangers of concussion and how best it should be managed.

IRB Concussion Guidelines (Non-Approved Healthcare Professionals and General Public); these are the latest guidelines, produced by the IRB Medical Committee for the management of concussions both for senior and age-grade players where trained medical staff are not available.

The IRB has recently devoted significant attention to the issue of concussion in rugby, and how best to identify and mitigate the effects of concussion in players. Rugby Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Paul Watson, sits on the IRB Medical Committee that developed the Pitch Side Concussion Assessment initiative now implemented in all IRB Sanctioned international events and has also developed these updated guidelines.

Venue Requirements 

Rugby Ontario recognizes the significant safety and welfare benefits of having a wide range of on-site medical equipment, such as Portable Resuscitation Devices and others listed by the IRB in the Guidelines (Medical Facilities) and strongly recommend that they be available where rugby is played in the province. 

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