Opportunity for your school to support player welfare:

The RFU are committed to gaining insight and research across the youth game to better understand injury risk and how it can be managed.  

To do this, we need the support of schools to help us collate information and collect surveillance data.  We are looking for schools to take part in both a new study on the effectiveness of the RFU’s online concussion HEADCASE training and our ongoing injury surveillance programme.  Any school who has rugby union on their programme either as curriculum or extra curriculum can get involved. By supporting our research as a school you can show your commitment to improving the understanding of injury in youth rugby. 


Concussion Education Programme Research 

The RFU and St. Mary’s University, Twickenham are working together to assess the impact of the “Don’t be a HEADCASE” online concussion education programme on young Rugby players. We are looking for U17 and U18 players to complete a short survey as part of completing the HEADCASE player online module.  

The testing requires little work for teachers, however we will provide pre-testing support (via phone/email or visit) to ensure everything is in place and to discuss your thoughts on concussion education and how as a coach/teacher you can be best supported. 

Please click here to express your school’s interest in participating. 


Schools Injury Surveillance and Prevention Programme 

Taking part is easy, the dedicated research team at the University of Bath will provide your school with all the information and resources to get you going.  

Ensure your school is playing its part in improving the understanding of injury in youth rugby and player welfare. Please get in touch at [email protected], to express your school’s interest in getting involved. 



Activate is an injury prevention exercise programme that can be integrated into training and pre-match sessions. Exercises are designed to improve functional and core strength, balance and agility, helping players with the game’s physical demands. 

Developed by a research team at University of Bath and involving nearly 2,500 school boys, the researchers found that when players completed the exercises three times a week injuries fell overall by 72%, this included concussion injuries which were reduced by 59%.  

More information is available on the Activate webpages  


Activate Ambassadors  

Does your school already use Activate? 

Would you like to help us increase awareness of Activate and promote your school at the same time? 

We are looking for a small number of schools to become Activate Ambassadors and share their positive experiences of Activate. Please get in touch at [email protected], to express your school’s interest in getting involved. 


 Being a RugbySafe School:

There is a wealth of information available for to schools to help them ensure they have appropriate measures including training, first aid provision and equipment in place so that their rugby union programme is delivered to the highest standards in a safe and enjoyable environment 

Visit the Being a RugbySafe School webpages for more information.



Remember, when it comes to concussion…”If in doubt, sit them out”. School pupils must undergo a minimum of a 23 day Return to Play Programme following a suspected concussion.  

For more information on Concussion and the Return to Play programme please visit the RFU’s HEADCASE webpages 

ERFSU member schools….HEADCASE resources are coming your way! 

All ERFSU schools will shortly be receiving a pack of HEADCASE changing room posters and pitch-side cards, to share with staff, pupils and parents. 


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