ACADEMY COACHES "ON-BOARD"
Blues Club Doctor, Dr. David Niblett,and Academy physio, Kelly Loftus, put the Blues Academy Coaches through a Medical Training refresher course at Goldington Road, before Academy training this week.
The session covered training on use of the spinal board, which is used to immobilise a player with any suspected neck or spine injury. This is vital to protect the player from any damage caused by movement until a full assessment can be carried out.
The session also included briefing on the new RFU guidelines for assessment of concussion, and the protocol for a controlled return to training and playing after concussion. Concussion can often be overlooked, and players can be harmed by too early a return to playing after concussion. The session was a mix of theory and practical with Rich Candlin a willing (?) volunteer for the injured player role.
Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher said ... " Player safety is always a coach's first priority. We are lucky at the Blues in having such great Medical and Physio support, and this session was part of the on-going training for our coaching team. Whilst the use of the spinal board, and assessement and treatment of concussion, is managed by our physio team, it is important that the coaching team understand the issues involved, and can assist when required."