Rugby union has one of the highest reported injury incidence rates compared with other team sports, with the potential for severe injuries. While detailed information is available for Premiership rugby, it may not be appropriate to assume that these injury patterns reflect those of the Community game.


To understand more about the causes of injury and how to reduce injuries it is important that a programme of injury surveillance is established for Community rugby. Obtaining more information on the number, type and causes of match-play injuries will allow for more effective strategies to deal with prevention and rehabilitation.



This project will establish a programme to collect information about the incidence, type and severity of injuries which occur during match play over various playing levels below the Aviva Premiership and the Green King IPA Championship in English club rugby (RFU levels 3-9).



The Community Rugby Injury Suveillance and Prevention Project (CRISP)



We would like to invite your club to participate in the community rugby injury surveillance and prevention (CRISP) project for season 2016-17. This is programme is coordinated by a team at the University of Bath and funded by the RFU as part of the RugbySafe research strand. The aim is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the injury profile of the English men’s community game to inform injury management and prevention strategies.



For season 2016-17, we are inviting men’s teams from RFU level 3-9 clubs to join the Project by reporting on their 1st team match play injuries.



Participating clubs will benefit from:


1). A report of their season’s match injuries compared with other clubs


2). Membership to the World Rugby Science Network


3). Contributing to our understanding of injury patterns and prevention in English community rugby. For example information contained in the CRISP 2014-15 season report as well as other publications on injuries in English community rugby



Over the 2016-17 season, we will require your club to:


-Tell us the age, weight and height for your 1st team squad players 

-Provide details for 1st XV match injuries causing the player to miss one match or more

-Provide brief details for 1st XV matches during the season




Contact the study team to nominate your club by 5th August 2016:


Tel: 01225 384531

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