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First aid in rugby a first for Bay of Plenty Clubs

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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In conjunction with NZ Rugby and the Rugby Smart Programme, Bay of Plenty Rugby Union are running First Aid in Rugby (FAIR) courses for those interested in gaining rugby specific first aid skills.
The course will take place in Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua between April and May. The course, open to anyone from within the rugby community and will be delivered by experienced practitioners with rugby expertise, a World Rugby recognised FAIR qualification and will provide skills in order to immediately assist an injured player.
The course is made up of an online pre-course theory component and a hands-on practical session taken by specialist educators. A selection of topics are covered throughout the course including, head and spinal injury, CPR, bleeding and shock, limb injury and airway breathing, choking and circulation.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Operations Manager Neil Alton said this is a positive step forward for clubs to provide a safer environment for their players.
“We hope the initiative will increase the capacity of our clubs to manage their games in a safer environment. With the increased emphasis on Health and Safety the course helps clubs to provide immediate care to injured players until an ambulance arrives. Some of the venues where rugby is played is a long distance from ambulance bases and has meant long waits for an ambulance to arrive. We also recognise the ambulance service is under pressure and if the FAIR Course can help Clubs to better deal with accidents in the first instance that is a real positive,” said Alton.
On completion of the course to the required standard, the participant will receive a FAIR qualification certificate and a FAIR kit bag which includes basic equipment used on the course, sponsored by USL Medical.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s long-term goal is to have a qualified FAIR first-aider at every club rugby game within the Bay of Plenty.

First Aid in Rugby Course Details:

Date: Sunday 15th April
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Little John Pavilion, Rugby Park
Date: Sunday 22nd April
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Bay of Plenty Rugby Union, 52 Miro Street
Date: Sunday 20th May
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Rotorua International Stadium

Cost: $50 per person (includes catering and First Aid Bag)

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