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World Rugby Tournament Minimum Medical Standards and Medical Terminology

INTRODUCTION

As from September 1, 2015, the following terminology will be used by World Rugby when describing medical positions at World Rugby Tournaments. This terminology will be used for consistency in Host Union Agreements (HUA) and also Terms of Participation (ToP) documents which are the legal documents used by World Rugby to outline service expectations and responsibilities at Tournaments.

World Rugby recognises that differences in Tournament medical coverage exists and that financial and medical restrictions on Host Union will also influence services supplied during a Tournament but this terminology should be applicable to all World Rugby Tournaments. It is also acknowledged that one doctor may be responsible for more than one position outlined in this document.

The different medical terms include:

  1. Tournament Medical Manager
  2. Match Day Doctor
  3. Immediate Care Lead
  4. Tournament Team Doctor – specifically applies to SWS Tournaments
  5. Immediate Care Team

Also outlined in this document are minimum medical standards that should be applied by Host Unions.

MEDICAL TEAM TERMINOLOGY

The following terminology should be adopted for consistency across all World Rugby and Elite Tournaments:

Tournament Medical Manager (TMM)

Match Day Doctor (MDD)

Immediate Care Lead

World Rugby Tournament Team Doctor

Immediate Care Team

MINIMUM GAME DAY MEDICAL COVERAGE

ADULT PROFESSIONAL RUGBY MATCHES

Ideally, as a minimum, a Health Care Professional with experience, skills in immediate pitch side care and skills in managing sports injuries should be present at all adult professional Rugby matches.

ELITE WORLD RUGBY TOURNAMENTS

The minimum game day medical coverage should be:

*It is recognised that the legislation in some host countries prohibits the availability of an ambulance at sporting stadia and in these circumstances emergency services capable of providing advanced life support services and spinal evacuation services must be available at the ground.

As a guide to minimum standards at elite World Rugby Tournaments, the following capabilities must be covered by attending staff at matches. These requirements may be provided by an attending ambulance or pitch side specialist coverage:

Note: All equipment MUST be functional with disposable supplies within their use by dates.

MINIMUM NON-GAME DAY MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR ELITE WORLD RUGBY TOURNAMENTS

The Tournament Medical Manager (TMM) must provide to all teams prior to the Tournament, the name and contact details of the following:

PAYMENT AND DOCUMENTATION

Insurance: All treatment provided away from the game will need to be paid for at the time of care. Players and Management will need to pay at the time of consultation and claim through their own insurance companies at a later date.

Passport Details: A list of passport names and numbers may be required by hospitals. It is recommended that managers have these available when accessing hospital and medical treatment.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT – STADIUM MEDICAL ROOM FOR ELITE WORLD RUGBY TOURNAMENTS

The following is a guide for elite Tournament and Competition matches

FEATURES & FIXTURES OF MEDICAL ROOM - MINIMUM

Non-Medical Equipment

HOTEL MEDICAL SUPPLIES

It is recommended in Sevens World Series Tournaments that Host Unions provide the Tournament Team Doctor with the Stadium Emergency Medical Equipment kit for use in the Hotel during the week leading into a Match or Tournament. This equipment should be retrieved by the Match Day Medical Staff the night prior to the match or on the morning of the match. This equipment should supplement the medical equipment and supplies brought by visiting medical staff and would provide for most non-match medical emergencies.

This Stadium Emergency Medical Equipment kit is developed recognizing that most Team Doctors or Tournament Team Doctors have their own supplies that would include but not be limited to the following.

SWABS, DRESSINGS ETC

Gauze swabs 7.5 cm

1 packet

Alcohol swabs

1 packet

Betadine (Povidine-Iodine) swabs

1 packet

Band-Aids

1 box

Melolin (non stick dressings)

5

TAPES, BANDAGES AND SLINGS

Compression Bandages (7.5 cm)

2

Rigid tape 25mm

4 rolls

Cotton slings

2

Finger Tape (coban)

3 rolls

Electrical Tape

2

Crepe bandage

2

MEDICATION

Salbutermol inhaler

2

Gastrolyte (electrolyte solution)

1 box

Rantadine 150 mg

1 box

Antihistamine

1 box

Cold & flu tablets (no pseudoephridine)

1 box

Decongestant nasal spray

2

Aspirin 320 mg

1 box

Paracetamol 500 mg

1 box

Panadeine Forte

1 box

Immodium 2 mg

1 box

Amoxycillin 500 mg

1 box

Cephalexin caps (Keflex) 500 mg

1 box

Dicloxacillin 500 mg

1 box

Doxycycline 100 mg

1 box

Celebrex 200 mg

1 box

Diclofenac tabs 50 mb

1 box

ELITE WORLD RUGBY TOURNAMENTS

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM RECOVERY STANDARDS – STADIUM

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM RECOVERY STANDARDS – HOTEL

At least one of following recovery modalities must be available at the hotel and be capable of use by multiple teams

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