Player Welfare Policies for Women’s Rugby
Certified Athletic Trainer attends all matches.
Athletic Trainer available every Friday morning in Payne Whitney training room to assess/monitor players.
Varsity Strength and Conditioning coach coordinates lifting and performance prep. in Varsity Strength Training Center.
Full-time professional coach (also works with the women’s USA National Team).
Athletic Trainer, Strength & Conditioner and Coach speak regularly to ensure players are receiving correct care.
Athletic Trainer administers Baseline Cognitive Test at start of season (August), then repeats in Spring.
All players are registered with USA Rugby, which complies with their rules, eligibility and certificate of insurance.
Every student-athlete undertakes progressive contact training at practice before playing a live match, from pad work through to live contact. This is administered in moderation so not to overexert new players.
Players must participate in a minimum of 5 practices (including 1 with live contact) before being eligible to play in a game.
Student-athlete must demonstrate consistent, safe technique in live tackling before being eligible to play in games.
Every student-athlete has final say whether they enter the field of play and will only be asked in private.
Playing in games is never mandatory.
Athletic Trainer will remove student-athlete from games/practice with any suspected injury.
Athletic Trainer has final say on whether a student-athlete continues with activity/games (not the coach or student-athlete).
Student-athlete will visit Yale Health Center for immediate assessment after injury.
Athletic Trainer follows up with student-athlete after any injury.
After injury, if student-athlete contacts coach directly, coach will immediately contact Athletic Trainer via email to discuss athlete’s condition.
Athletic Trainer informs coach of any student-athlete that is not available for play.
Only return to activity if medically cleared by Yale Health and Athletic Trainers.
Regular meetings with Athletic Trainers to include weekly injury reports, in season.
Athletic Trainer administers Baseline Cognitive Test at start of season (August), then repeats in spring.
Any student-athlete with suspected head injury, even if symptom free, must visit Yale Health.
Yale Health advises on timeline including checkups and return-to-play procedures.
No student-athlete starts activity until they are medically cleared by Yale Health and Trainers.
Progression of activity level is dependent on symptoms.
Baseline concussion test is re-administered before playing again.
Athletic Trainer will not allow any player to enter field without full clearance and once return-to-play protocol is passed. Coach has no input in this process.
All new players must receive Baseline Cognitive Test before practicing with team.