World Rugby Player Welfare Research
On February 9, 2021, World Rugby confirmed that player welfare research needs to be boosted by a funding injection. £750,000 has been committed to independent research since 2015 and transgender participation and injury trends in the women’s game added as priority topic areas for research funding.
Player Welfare in Rugby
World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont said “Research-guided advancements remain central to our approach to player welfare and we are proud to support this crucial area of our game with significant investment. New evidence will help us inform our decision-making and eventually benefit rugby players at all levels of the game.”
The governing body also launched its annual call for applications to fund research projects on player welfare. In 2021 World Rugby would like more research on the following:
- Transgender Participation
- Injury Surveillance and Prevention
- Injury trends in the women’s game
- Playing surface
Recent examples of projects that World Rugby have committed to funding include:
- The health benefits and impact of playing high-level rugby.
- Concussion attitudes and prevention practices in developing rugby nations.
- Injury risks and efficacy of preventive strategies in mixed-ability rugby.
- Injury surveillance in community adult and youth rugby.
- Sources of off-season psychological and physical recovery in professional rugby players.
- Implementation effectiveness of a concussion management pathway in community rugby.
Interested applicants can submit their project on World Rugby’s online portal between 1 February and 30 April 2021
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