Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion so you understand when an athlete might have a suspected concussion.
BC Rugby is committed to helping you develop your understanding of Rugby. From recognising concussion to accessing medical care and mental health support, our Players & Parents resources section has everything you need to further your game both on and off the pitch.
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Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that results in a disturbance of brain function. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of concussion include headaches, dizziness, memory impairment or loss of balance.
Concussion can be caused by a direct blow to the head, but can also occur in whiplash type injuries, where a blow to another body part results in rapid movement to the head.
Concussions can happen to anyone at any age. However, children and adolescent athletes are more susceptible to concussion and they take longer to recover from concussion-related injuries.
The World Rugby Recognise and Remove message incorporates six R’s:
Anyone on or around the Rugby pitch has a responsibility to be aware of the symptoms of concussion and are encouraged to annually complete World Rugby’s online Concussion Management module to learn more. Further concussion guidance can be found here.
We also strongly encourage parents, guardians, partners or housemates of Rugby players to complete the online module to stay informed.
Additionally, you can take World Rugby’s Rugby Ready Course. Everybody involved in organising and playing Rugby has a duty of care in relation to the players. The Rugby Ready programme is intended to raise awareness of good practice and help stakeholders manage the inherent risks of a contact sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place.
Rugby Canada PlaySmart is a Player Welfare program that aims to educate players, parents, coaches, match officials and administrators on the safety of Rugby across Canada.
The health and safety of every player across the country is of paramount importance. Rugby Canada strives to ensure a safe playing environment at all levels. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that all players are protected and ensure that the game is played safely.
To learn more, visit the Rugby Canada website.
Tackle SMART is a new professional development course and online resource that will educate both new and experienced community and high school Rugby Coaches on current tackle laws, techniques, and progressions as well as help Coaches working with athletes who are new to contact.
The goal of this training is to prevent injury in the tackle by giving Coaches the competence and confidence to coach the tackle and progress effectively to contact. Following the training participants should be able to:
Tackle SMART will be delivered through in-person clinics.
Check out the links and downloads below for useful information on Player Welfare in Rugby:
This excellent guideline from World Rugby details everything you need to know about concussion in Rugby.Learn More
This Protocol has been developed to support the recognition, diagnosis and management of concussion in elite rugby.Learn More
View the entire Player Welfare section on the World Rugby Section.Learn More
Helping sport organisations develop and implement evidence-based, best-practice concussion protocols based on the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport.Learn More
Developed by Rugby Canada and World Rugby.Download
A Player Welfare initiative that provides resources for coaches, players, parents, teachers, match officials and administrators of Rugby.Download
The following section houses all information relating to Accessing Medical Care in BC. If you are in need of urgent medical care, please dial 9-1-1.
Once you are a registered member of BC Rugby, you become insured and covered under Rugby Canada’s insurance policy for the season. This includes Sports Liability Insurance, Sport Accident Insurance, Provincial Excess Medical Coverage, and Travel Coverage while on sanctioned Tours.
Under the insurance program, the activities that are covered include sanctioned or authorized activities, such as games, practices, tournaments, camps, events, and tours. Tours require a separate sanctioning application to access the Travel Coverage in the insurance program.
The Basics: Who is covered and when?
Participants who are registered members with a Member Rugby Club or Organisation participating in sanctioned Rugby activities, training and games, fall within the scope of Rugby Canada’s National Insurance Program under specific conditions.
A variety of membership categories exist for types of activities associated with our sport; players, coaches, match officials, managers, medical staff, and club directors.
While training or playing for a Rugby Canada registered club in Provincial leagues ONLY, coverage is in place in accordance with terms applicable to each province. Please contact your Provincial Union for information about sanctioned competitions.
Participating in other games, events, tournaments, inside and outside Canada, either as a team or as an individual player is subject to different conditions. Applications for approval must be submitted to Rugby Canada. There are a wide variety of scenarios that fall outside the standard National Insurance Program coverage, require additional approval, or are NOT COVERED.
Players, team coaches, managers, officials, are strongly advised to ensure that adequate cover is in place before participating in such games, events, tournaments, both inside and outside Canada.
Like Player Members, Non-Playing Members are covered during their activities on behalf of their Club, Province, or Rugby Canada. Further details are available in the policy summary.
Rugby Canada’s coverage is not one singular policy, rather several different policies, underwritten by different insurers, that together offer the level of coverage designed to protect our members. Each underlying policy has its own scope, conditions, and exclusions.
To make an insurance claim after sustaining an injury please complete the following steps:
STEP 1 - Injury Report Form
Fully complete an Injury Report Form – download this form from the ‘Insurance Resources’ section below.
STEP 2 - Witness Report Form
Fully complete a Witness Report Form – download this form from the ‘Insurance Resources’ section below.
STEP 3 - Expense Claim Form
Fully complete questions 1-3 on a medical expense claim form (or if dental have your dentist complete the dental statement of claim)
STEP 4 - Doctor Note
Send a doctor note and/or prescription (or physician referral for treatment).
STEP 5 - Invoices
Complete your invoice.
STEP 6 - Submit Claim
Email all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all documents must be fully completed. Documents that are not fully completed could lead to a delay in processing the claim. General enquiries regarding making a claim can be sent to email@example.com.
Only sanctioned tours will be able to make a claim against the national insurance program. Players who have been cleared to play international can not be exposed to the National Insurance Program.
Registered Participants of Member Organizations have extensive travel coverage under the National Insurance Program. This coverage will apply while on sanctioned and approved tours for member organizations.
Sutton Special Risk Insurance works with a Medical Assistance Service provider called, On Call International. By utilizing the Travel Medical Assistance Company, On Call International, members will be able to complete the following process if injury or sickness occurs:
STEP 1 - Call Emergency Services
Call 911 or country emergency phone number for an ambulance (if necessary).
STEP 2 - Refer
Refer to On Call International Member Card with dedicated phone and member number, call and begin the process.
STEP 3 - Hospital
On-Call International will direct you to the closest hospital (if necessary)
STEP 4 - Guarantee of Payment
Coach, Manager, Parent, Volunteer or individual themselves must ask for GOP (Guarantee of Payment) from On Call International for all possible medical expenses or treatments or tests that may take place at the hospital or medical clinic.
STEP 5 - Payment
The hospital or medical clinic will work with On Call International to arrange and receive payment.
STEP 6 - Treatment
The patient will receive treatment.
STEP 7 - Complete & Submit Paperwork
Complete necessary paperwork (injury and witness reports and submit to Provincial Union for forwarding to Rugby Canada and Sutton Special Risk).
Download Injury Report Form.Click Here
Download Witness Report Form.Click Here
Download Medical Expense Claim Form.Click Here
Download Dental Statement of Claim Form.Click Here
Download Authorization to Disclose Information Form.Click Here
When you leave Canada to play in another Union you will cease to be covered under the National Insurance Program. All players planning to play Rugby outside of Canada are advised to research the insurance arrangements in their new Union.
Please note that the insurance coverage in some Unions may be significantly less than that provided in Canada. In addition, in some countries, injured players will be required to pay for any medical treatment they receive.
If you can not find the information you are looking for or need assistance with an international clearance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There are numerous mental health and substance use related services and resources available to British Columbians. Click on the icons below to learn more. To search for all available services in the province, use the HealthLinkBC Directory.
Led by the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Their program is designed to help adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood, or stress, with or without anxiety.
Is a non-profit, volunteer organisation committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
Based out of UBC, they are part of the Men’s Depression and Suicide Network, a Canada-wide initiative to develop resources, services, and programs to improve the mental health and well-being of men.
Provides easy access to information and resources related to mental health and substance use conditions. MindHealthBC was developed by Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care.
Mental Health Services at BC Children’s Hospital provides psychiatric assessment, short-term individual, family and group treatment and medication review for those based in BC.
Toll-free 24-hour, phone counselling, web counselling, and referral service for children/youth. Completely anonymous and confidential. To speak to a counsellor, call 1-800-668-6868.
This section focuses specifically on funding and bursaries for aspiring BC-based players.
BC Rugby Player Subsidy
The BC Rugby Player Subsidy program aims to ensure that no player withdraws from a BC Rugby Team due to financial constraints by providing financial support to players in need in the form of discounts applied against team fees. Targeted towards players who require financial assistance in order to represent their Province, the Player Subsidy program was launched in 2017 and has provided over $60,000 of support to players in BC Rugby XVs and 7s Teams.
2022 Applications for the Player Subsidy Fund are now open, with a further $20,000 of allocated support. The subsidies available are:
To apply for the Player Subsidy Program, please complete this form by Sunday, July 3, 2022. Please send your letter of support as detailed in the form to email@example.com prior to July 3.
Please note: This application is solely for the purpose of players subsidies. This application will not have impact on the BC Bears selection process.
BC Rugby Representative Player Bursaries
The BC Rugby Representative Player Bursary program aims to ensure the no BC player selected for National Teams or programs withdraws due to financial constraints by providing a $2,500 bursary directly to the player. The Representative Player Bursary program is made possible by donations to a dedicated account held by the National Sport Trust Fund, from which BC Rugby will be able to direct funds to players selected to receive the Representative Player Bursaries. With funds raised to date, four bursaries will be available annually.
BC Rugby will post further updates to the 2022 Representative Player Bursary soon.
BC Ferries Sport Experience Program
Through the BC Ferries Sport Experience Program, BC Ferries and viaSport provide travel support to eligible not-for-profit sports organizations and athletes.
For other funding options and scholarship opportunities, please visit the BC Scholarships website.
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
By virtue of its status as a “targeted sport” within the British Columbia Integrated Performance System (IPS), BC Rugby Union is eligible to nominate selected athletes and their coaches for enhanced programs and services support through the Canadian Sport Institute and the network of Regional Centres in BC.
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, through a partnership with the Province of British Columbia (BC), viaSport, the network of PacificSport centres and BC Rugby, collaborates to deliver programs and services to place BC athletes onto National Teams, and ensure athletes and coaches have every advantage to win medals for Canada.
The partners work jointly to encourage sport excellence and increase podium performances in communities throughout BC. Through the above partnership, and with the above purpose in mind, BC Rugby may nominate athletes and their coaches who meet specific criteria for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific/PacificSport athlete or coach registration.
Upon registering, athletes and coaches can engage in enhanced programs, benefits, and selected support services through Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and the network of PacificSport regional centres in BC. Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and PacificSport athlete support is tiered across four levels based on performance, each with a slate of designated benefits.
Click here the following for a full outline of Athlete and Coach Programs and services.
BC Rugby has created a set of criteria for selection to the Athlete Nomination List. There is no application process. Athletes are selected by BC Rugby and a list is submitted to an Athlete Coach Services Technical Expert at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.
Personal coaches can also receive access to benefits if they currently coach an athlete selected to the Athlete Nomination List. Like the athletes, coaches will receive a notification via email. For more information on services for coaches, please visit Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.
I am an athlete. How do I know if I can get access?
Upon approval of the BC Rugby Athlete Nomination List, athletes and coaches will be notified via email from BC Rugby and provided with the information to complete registration at one of the eight campuses/centres across the province. Athletes and their coaches can make an appointment at their corresponding centre to complete their intake meeting.
Indigenous Youth Sport Legacy Fund
The Indigenous Youth Sport Legacy Fund was created to assist amateur athletes of Indigenous ancestry, including athletes with a disability or disabilities, in their pursuit of excellence in sport.
Jack.org - Grade 12 Athletes
Jack.org is proud to facilitate Leadership in Action: Scholarships for Athletes, which seeks to recognize Grade 12 athletes in British Columbia who have demonstrated both a dedication to leadership in their sport and ongoing investment in their personal mental wellness and/or that of their sports team or community.
There are 9 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000.
Application Deadline: June 12th at 5 pm PST
KidSport provides financial assistance for children 18 and younger from families facing financial obstacles to participate in organized sport #SoALLKidsCanPlay. Visit kidsport.ca and find your local chapter for details on eligibility and how to apply.
If there isn’t a chapter in your area, you can apply for a grant through KidSport BC’s Provincial Fund.
Province of BC: Recognised Athlete Programs for Grade 10-12 Students
Receive high school credits for participating in a Regional Elite Athlete Development Program.
The following BC universities offer post-secondary rugby opportunities for players who want to continue to play rugby after graduating high school: UBC, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, Trinity Western University, and UBC Okanagan. Additionally, UBC and the University of Victoria offer scholarship opportunities to student-athletes who have been accepted to study at these two universities.
For more information of any of these programs, contact BC Rugby.
RISE Grants support ALL Children and Youth in and out of Care, who wish to participate in a sport, physical activity, recreation, and/or cultural program opportunity. Up to $1000 per calendar year can be put towards program cost, equipment and travel.
More information on the program can be found here.
FAQs can be found here.
Below are resources to support you physically and mentally as you continue to play Rugby:
Nutrition is a critical part of an athlete’s life. The choices you make every day about what and how much to eat are amplified when those choices directly impact sport performance, training, and recovery. Visit the CCES page on Sport Nutrition.
The Sport Nutrition Team at the Canadian Sport Institute helps athletes & coaches recognise the critical importance of fueling the body to maximise performance. Visit the CSI Pacific Sport Nutrition Page.
A performer’s mental state has a vital impact on performance; training the mind for success is an essential ingredient alongside the physical, technical, and tactical training and preparation to achieve high performance goals in competition. Visit the CSI Pacific Mental Performance page.
IF YOU BELIEVE ANYONE IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY IS IN DANGER, PHONE 9-1-1.
BC Rugby values safety, integrity, and respect for all in the community. We all share a responsibility in fostering safe and secure environments, especially for children.
If you think a child or youth under the age of 19 is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. If you suspect abuse is taking place, call 1-800-663-9122 at any time of the day or night to report your concern.
Duty To Report PDF – Click Here
For more information, visit the BC Government website on Keeping Kids Safe.
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