The Proactive Concussion Course
Learning the correct head placement and correct tackle techniques are key to helping to reduce concussion rates and head injuries in rugby.
But another important element is developing players’ mental skills to ensure that safety is always at the forefront of their actions during fast paced games.
Delivered in a fun and engaging way, the Proactive Concussion Course will take coaches and players through the necessary steps to identify the main factors which allow players to perform safely and effectively at the same time.
The course aims to create players who can actively think their way through the contact area because they’re more confident and better informed in how to identify and handle contact situations on the field of play.
The 5 Key Principles
- Cognitive Development
- Skill Acquisition
As concussion is one of the most common injuries suffered by rugby players, this course is aimed at developing players who cannot only think swiftly in contact situations but in a safe manner too.
By improving players’ “thinking skills” we can increase their awareness of their contact area so they are more aware of how they can work to create a safer environment on the field, not only for themselves but also for their teammates.
Educating players on safer ways to position their heads during contact in a scrum, ruck, maul, or when being tackled, as well as safer ways to tackle for the ball are all elements which are covered on this proactive training course.
Our aim is to create a safer sport overall to not only attract new players to the game but also to retain more players. This will help to ensure the growth and continued survival of rugby for generations to come. But to do that we must help to allay fears about the safety of rugby.
And it’s the risk of incurring a head injury or concussion in rugby that is understandably one of the biggest fear factors. This affects both adults keen to play and parents of potential young recruits too as it is a well publicised fact that the retirement of players in the professional game is commonly due to concussion.
Recruiting and retaining younger players in the game is a key component to the survival of teams/clubs today, as well as for the future development of the sport, and is therefore something we are keen to help address.
The Proactive 360 Concussion Course uses a fun and multi-sensory approach to learning which is designed to appeal to all ages.
Course sessions will challenge players to become better thinkers on the field and engage them in the process through peer-led player learning.
We want players to enjoy the natural physicality of this fast-moving and energetic game without any fears or concerns over their physical and mental safety.
And one of the ways in which we will achieve this is by helping players become aware of the processes in tackling and rucking so that we build their confidence when it comes to any full contact situations.
By breaking down the skill of tackling and rucking on this course we aim to create a feed of stimuli that each player can look for as they arrive at a contact situation.
This will then allow players to make a more informed decision about how to proceed in all training and competitive games which should create a safer environment for all those involved.
As part of this coaching course participants will also have to think during training too as they will be asked questions and given time to discover the answers for themselves.
It is this ability to think in a more in-depth way about how they are playing that can then be transferred into other training and games on the field.
This coaching course will take players through defined steps aimed at improving their skills within the contact area.
It is this same process and coaching technique that can be applied to other areas of the game such as passing, kicking, jumping and lifting.
By breaking down players’ movements and their decision making process on this course and analysing it, we will not only improve their current skills, but also the acquisition of new skills through cognitive development and repetition.
The course will be delivered by deploying three different approaches – these are vocal, auditory and kinaesthetic – to appeal to all sensory areas of learning.
Therefore, as well as employing a part lecture/part demonstration format, players will also learn new skills and techniques first hand by carrying out physical activities to help further embed the course’s aims.