World Rugby committees Sir Bill Beaumont New guidelines for rugby contact training load

World Rugby and International Rugby Players have published new instructions for the contact training load with the aim of reducing the risk of injuries and contributing to the well-being of players in the short and long term.

  • The guidelines for good contact practice are aimed at reducing the risk of injury by maintaining or improving performance.
  • The new guidelines recommend weekly limits for full contact training (15 minutes), controlled contacts (40 minutes), and training for live fixed pieces (30 minutes).
  • The guidelines follow a worldwide consultation, with feedback from nearly 600 players in elite and men’s and women’s competitions, and contributions from strength and conditioning, leading medical and performance experts.
  • They will form the basis of a review and research program to promote lifelong learning and improvement and to promote consistent application in professional gaming
  • Guidelines and follow-up research on players, national unions, global competitions
  • Elite teams, including Leinster, Clermont Auvergne and Benetton Treviso, have signed a trial to measure training and liaison contact, using instrumented mouth guards to monitor effectiveness and report on future progress

World Rugby and International Rugby Players (IRP) have published new instructions for the contact training load, with the aim of reducing the risk of injuries and ensuring the well-being of players in the short and long term. Orientation is supported by national player associations, national unions, international and domestic competitions, senior coaches and clubs.

This year, World Rugby a a six-point transformative plan aimed at cementing rugby as the most advanced sport in the well-being of players. These new best practice guidelines are the intensity and frequency of contact training that professional rugby players must undergo. They have adapted to consulting with players and coaches and leading medical, conditioning and science experts.

Although the incidence of training injuries is low compared to matches, the volume of training done means that a relatively high proportion of all injuries in a season (35-40%) occur in training, most of which are soft tissues. injuries. Because the training environment is highly controllable, guidelines have been developed to reduce the risk of injury and accumulated contact load to the lowest possible levels, while still allowing for adapted player and technical training.

Global analysis

The guidelines are based on a global study of nearly 600 players participating in 18 elite male and female competitions conducted by the IRP, and a comprehensive review of the latest injury data. This reveals that training patterns vary by competition, with an average of 21 minutes per week for full contact workouts, and an average relationship of 118 minutes per week. A more measured and consistent approach to coaching will help manage the relationship load of players, especially those who move between the club and the national training environments. The research supports minimizing the contact load in training so that players are ready to be ready but at the same time avoid high risk of injury. The guidelines are intended to help achieve that balance.

New guidelines for contacting “good practice” training

A new framework for World Rugby and International Rugby Players [] establishes clear and acceptable relationship guidelines for training sessions with the goal of reducing the risk of injury to coaches and players and informing them of more good practices for optimizing match training during the season. Orientation takes into account the full spectrum of all types of contact training, considering contact volume, intensity, frequency, and prediction, as well as the optimal structure of sessions during the training week, including crucial recovery and rest.

The recommended contact training limits for professional gaming are:

  1. Complete contact training: up to 15 minutes per week for a maximum of two days per week on Mondays and Fridays complete zero full-length training to enable recovery and preparation
  2. Controlled contact training: up to 40 minutes per week
  3. Live piece workouts: a maximum of 30 minutes of fixed training per week is recommended

The guidelines, which also take into account the reduction of the overall load of players of a certain age, maturity and injury profile (in line with risk factors and load guidelines published in 2019), will be included in the welfare rules for male and female Rugby World Cup players.

Instrumented oral protection research tool for reporting efficacy

He is collaborating with elite World Rugby teams to measure the “real life” effect of these guidelines (in training and matches) and to assess the mechanism, incidence and intensity of events affecting the head using Prevent Biometics market-leading oral protection technology and video analysis. monitor the setting and measure the results.

Technology, the same one used as a pioneer Otago Rugby Head Impact Detection Study, will provide the largest comparable bank of head-to-head impacts on the sport, with more than 1,000 participants at the elite, community and age levels of men and women. The teams that have registered so far are numerous Champions Cup winners from Leinster, France’s Clermont Auvergne and Benetton Treviso, while in numerous competitions they are having discussions with many other men’s and women’s teams.

Alan Gilpin, Director General of World Rugby, said: “This important set of work reflects our ambition to advance the well-being of players at all levels of the game. We believe that by moderating the overall training load individually, including contact during the season, it is possible to improve injury prevention and performance, which is good for players, coaches and fans. ”

The director of Rugby and High Performance World Rugby and former Irish coach Joe Schmidt added: “Coaching has played an increasingly important role in injury prevention as well as performance. having a central set will inform players and coaches of any key considerations for any contact that takes place during training.

“These new guidelines, developed by leading experts and supported by the game, are a work in progress and will be monitored and researched to understand their positive impact on player well-being. The feedback we have received so far has encouraged us.

“We recognize that community-level rugby is almost completely different in terms of sportsmanship, resources and the way we train players, but the guidelines can be applied at many levels, especially in the planning, purpose and follow-up of any contact in training.”

According to Omar Hassanein, International Rugby Union Player, the players are welcome: “From the point of view of International Rugby Players, this project is a significant and very important work related to the contact load. “We need enough data to be evaluated by experts. The processing of this data has led to specific recommendations designed to protect our players from injuries associated with excessive contact load. We will continue to work with World Rugby as we monitor the progress of these recommendations and conduct further research in this area.”

Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster, who was involved in the study and advised on the development of guidelines, said: “We have a responsibility to make the game as safe as possible for all our players. In the case of coaches, optimizing training is important to achieve that goal. charging, to keep players fresh, injury-free and ready for match days. These guidelines provide a practical and impactful view of this key area of ​​player training and management. “

Sene Naoupu, head of Ireland’s international and IRP Strategic Projects and Research, said: “While this is the first step in the implementation and monitoring process, it is a tremendous result, showing the importance of players in this area. , as part of a program to prevent evidence-based performance and well-being injuries. “

World Rugby is also conducting extensive research on the impact of substitutions on the risk of injuries in sport with the University of Bath in England, a pioneering study on the frequency and nature of head rugby in community rugby in collaboration with Otago. More research on Rugby Union, University of Otago and New Zealand Rugby, and professional women’s games. All of these priority activities will provide the decisions that the sport makes to promote the well-being of players at all levels and stages.