‘Mad Dog’ programmes partner with Return2play to ensure concussion welfare of school children

Lewis Moody’s ‘Mad Dog’ state school rugby programmes, confirm their new partnership with Return2Play, to benefit and help manage each player and their injury welfare, including concussions.

In 2016, England’s Rugby Football Union introduced new protocols to safe guard rugby players when a suspected head injury occurs, the Headcase concussion awareness programme aims to increase understanding and provide information on concussion and other related topics, including how to prevent and manage suspected concussions.

The protocol was rolled out to all coaches, players and parents and is something Mad Dog Sport C.I.C. owner Lewis Moody MBE takes seriously; “During my 16 year career I sustained multiple concussions and that is not counting any I had before turning professional. It is paramount for us to give our students the protection they need, now that we have enhanced knowledge of the risks. What Return2Play offers will make a huge difference when tracking our players and educating and communicating with parents and other coaches on the advised protocols”

Return2Play provides an online platform which allows organisations to log and track all injuries. In cases of concussion players are connected to Return2Play’s network of doctors who will manage their return to sport process ensuring players do not return to the field until they are fit, confident and safe to do so. The software allows all those involved in the welfare of a player – whether it be parents, school or sports club – to be automatically updated during a player’s recovery. They are the player welfare specialists that grassroots rugby has been crying out for.

“At Return2Play we believe that all players deserve access to excellent medical care. This partnership with Lewis Moody and his Mad Dog programmes gives us the ability to expand our involvement with state schools. We are excited about working with Lewis and his team to help ensure the benefits of sport continue to be enjoyed.” Dr Sam Barke, Founder, Return2Play.

Mad Dog rugby programmes are integrated into the 6th form of state schools and together with the boys education, they focus on the continuation of a students personal development using rugby as a foundation. The two year course up-skills players ability, gives them knowledge around wellness, works on their athletic development and encourages players to become qualified RFU coaches or referees.

Mad Dog is committed to ensuring the safe guarding of all students enrolled in the programme and with the new partnership with Return2Play, it will only strengthen the offering to the students in state schools.

www.return2play.org.uk