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Scottish Rugby are working in partnership with World Rugby to provide a first aid in rugby qualification for club and school volunteers who may be asked to respond to an injured rugby player.
On successful completion of the course, a pitch side responder will be able to:
- Plan and risk assess for potential emergency situations at sports grounds.
- Appreciate safety hazards for a first aider.
- Protect the neck and perform an assessment of airway, breathing and circulation.
- Recognise the difficulties in telling major and minor injury apart in the early stages – particularly head injuries
- Recognise cardiac arrest and perform effective basic life support and safe defibrillation.
- Initially manage a potentially spinally injured player safely in an emergency situation.
- Understand the role of the first aider in the chain of survival.
- Manage common limb injuries including sprains, strains and fractures.
- Activate appropriate help
This course is delivered by World Rugby Medical Educators, and will last approximately 8 hours.
Completion of online pre-requisite World Rugby online level 1 (http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/firstaidinrugby) and full attendance required. This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. It involves both classroom and outdoor practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions.