World Rugby shares updates on key welfare projects and programmes following 2022 Player Welfare & Laws Symposium
One of the leading welfare-focused forums in sport, the Symposium highlighted a number of important developments including:
Symposium revealed preliminary data from the ground-breaking ORCHID study of head impacts in community rugby being run by New Zealand’s University of Otago. Early analysis of impacts measured from the PREVENT integrated mouthguard technology, are seen on a spectrum very similar to other contact sports measured with the same technology. Full findings will be peer reviewed and are expected to be published in mid-2022, providing another important resource for World Rugby as it continues to evolve and enhance welfare standards across the sport.
The full list of sessions published online today can be found at world.rugby :
World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin added: “This event is a major statement of World Rugby’s unrelenting focus on player welfare. We’re continuing to learn much from new independent research, science and technology but we won’t stop there. As studies such as ORCHID are published later this year, it is imperative for World Rugby to consider their findings, assess how the game might need to adapt and then decisively deliver that change.”