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About 360 Rugby Coaching

One of the most common injuries a player taking part in a contact sport like rugby can suffer from is concussion.

While the impact of a minor concussion on a player is often short-lived, there is also the real risk that if the injury is severe, or repeated, that it can also have long term repercussions on a player’s health. It’s often this prospect of incurring a head injury that will understandably put many parents off allowing their children to join a rugby club.

It also prevents adults from playing this energetic and rewarding team sport long term. Both have a negative impact on the growth and continued survival of rugby. The mission statement of 360 Rugby Coaching is to reduce the rate of concussion and head injuries by creating a safer game overall through training and education.

And this positive goal is achievable without sacrificing the enjoyment of playing rugby, which has a host of benefits to health, including improving fitness, strength and self-confidence, as well as instilling discipline and reducing stress.

Concussion is now the most common injury in the Premiership.
Incidence of reported concussions per 1000 player hours.


The Key Aims of 360 Rugby Coaching are:

To create a safer sport without sacrificing the enjoyment of the game
Increase longevity in players of all ages
Minimise the potential negative effects that rugby can have on both the brain and body during contact scenarios

Consequences of concussion in rugby:

Retirements – The retirement of players as a result of concussion is common in the professional game
Failure to retain players – The retention of players of all ages is needed to enable the sport to continue to grow and survive
Long term mental health issues – multiple concussions have been linked to a range of issues, including a form of dementia

A concussion is a mild traumatic injury to the brain, which may or may not include the loss of consciousness, as the result of a blow to the head.
The severity and frequency of concussions will dictate whether they have short or long term repercussions on a player’s health.
One long term effect linked to concussions is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which is a form of dementia.
Caused by repeated head trauma, this progressive, degenerative disease has been found in the brain tissue of deceased boxers, NFL athletes and now RUGBY and football players too.
It’s just one example of what cumulative damage of multiple concussions, or repeated blows to the head, can have on an individual.
Training players and coaches in both correct head placement and correct tackling technique is the key to reducing concussion and head injuries.
Click here for more on our Proactive Concussion Course

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