Rugby India and ProHealth Asia have again combined resources, this time expanding from the two FAIR courses held six months ago, to hosting a medical super week.
Eleven new World Rugby medical educators, 13 immediate Care in Rugby (ICIR L2) and thirty-one First Aid in Rugby (FAIR) participants completed the courses.
With faculty and participants coming in from India (5 regional centers), Sri Lanka, China, UAE, Malaysia and Singapore, the courses go a long way to develop self-sufficiency for medical education and Asia Rugby competition compliance for immediate pitch side care (IPC) staff accompanying national teams, and for unions hosting events.
Medical Super Week Outcomes
Since completing the courses the participants have already toured with a national side, worked a national tournament and covered matches for touring schools team.
While the majority of participants completing the FAIR course came from a rugby background, there was also representation from the medical community working in a variety of other sports including boxing, hockey, football and athletics.
There have subsequently been discussions with sports groups wanting to participate in the future ICIR and FAIR courses so these will be built into the training and education programmes by both organisations.
Medical Super Week Participant quotes:
“As a non-physiotherapist the course was very helpful and reiterates the importance of pitchside care in sports; made me understand its importance on saving lives”
“The material was up to the mark and techniques used were brilliant”
“ I hope to apply this not only to rugby but also to all sports”
These quotes shows how the courses draw participants who are involved different areas of supporting the sporting population.
The Rugby India and ProHealth Asia collaboration is proving a successful model, benefiting both parties and taking player welfare for rugby in India, Sri Lanka, China Rugby and other key national sports in those countries which is a significant step forward.
Thanks to World Rugby and Asia Rugby Medical Trainers for taking time off their personal schedules to help raise awareness.