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Medics receive Match Day Doctor training at Rugby Africa Cup 2022

Medics receive Match Day Doctor training at Rugby Africa Cup 2022

A place at Rugby World Cup 2023 was not the only qualification on offer in the south of France this month, as a group of medics received training to become Match Day Doctors (MDD) during the Rugby Africa Cup 2022.

Six African doctors, hailing from Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, were invited to the tournament to learn more about the role of an MDD.

The training sessions, which are part of World Rugby’s long-term plan to raise player welfare standards across the continent, were a mix of classroom and practical learning.

This year’s Rugby Africa Cup, which was staged in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille and doubled as RWC 2023 qualifying, was the first in which organisers had access to MDDs and head injury assessment (HIA) video technology.

Each of the six doctors who travelled to France were existing medical trainers who had previously completed level 2 Immediate Care in Rugby (ICIR) training.

Source: rugger.info