My name is Simon Roberts and I run the community rugby injury surveillance and prevention project (CRISP) which is managed at the University of Bath and funded by the RFU as part of RugbySafe research. More information, including a link to our previous Project season reports can be found on the RFU RugbySafe web pages: https://www.englandrugby.com/participation/playing/player-welfare-rugby-safe/rugbysafe-research
The CRISP project relies on the voluntary participation of community clubs (levels 3-9) and over the last eleven seasons we have worked with staff at these clubs (around 60-70 per season) to draw together information on the injuries occurring in men’s senior teams at this level. We are continuing the injury data collection again for season 2021-22 and to this end I am looking for the best ways to communicate the Project with community club staff (mainly those who are responsible player injury management in the Men’s and Women’s teams) and was wondering if there were any links to your community clubs which might be used to spread the word of our Project? We are currently aiming to recruit teams by mid-August (but as soon as possible) so that they are ready for the start of the season. We often find that there is interest in the Project within the game but the challenge is getting the word out to clubs that we are recruiting teams. 2021-22 will be the first season that we are also including Women’s community teams in the project, so are keen to get as many as possible on board.
With best wishes,
Dr Simon Roberts
Department for Health
University of Bath
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