First Aid and Concussion

Emergency First Aid Courses

The RFL offers easy to access courses in Emergency First Aid.

The RFL’s policies on concussion are in place to protect participants in the game.

This page contains information about the Community Game Concussion Policy.

Concussion is caused after a direct or indirect blow to the head which shakes the brain, and if not properly treated can be fatal or lead to long term brain damage.

Concussion is even more serious when the brain is still developing (under the age of 19).

It is essential that everyone involved in the game follows the Concussion Policy to protect the health and well-being of all participants. For more information, please see ths Concussion Section of rugby-league.com.

If you require any further information about concussion or want to talk to someone about the treatment of concussion at your club, please contact the RFL Operations Department operations@rfl.uk.com

LifeSaver

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What is LifeSaver?

An estimated 60,000 people each year in the UK have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and, sadly, less than 10% of those people will survive. Yet, if a bystander is able to start CPR they could double a person's chances of survival.

Would you know what to do?

Lifesaver is a live-action movie that you play like a game. It shows you how to save someone's life in four action-packed scenarios - including a brand new teen-focused scenario.

It throws you into the heart of the action as you make crucial decisions and learn essential life-saving skills.

LifeSaver focuses on those CPR skills most likely to save a life:

  • Recognizing cardiac arrest
  • Calling for help
  • Starting chest compressions
  • Giving rescue breaths if able to do so
  • Using an AED (automated external defibrillator) if one is available


How it works

Lifesaver is a crisis simulator that fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach CPR in a new way on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

For example, when "Jake" collapses from a heart attack, you are questioned about what to do at each step - with a clock running to represent the need to respond quickly to prevent brain damage or death.

When it comes time to administer CPR, you're prompted to swipe your tablet or phone up and down in the air in the speed of the chest compressions.

You can see and hear the patient's chest moving and the effort needed to do the compressions as the app tells you if you're going too fast or too slow.

 LifeSaver 

Play Lifesaver now or download our FREE app for Apple or Android

Immediate Medical Management On the Field of Play

About the course

The RFL Immediate Medical Management On the Field of Play Course (IMMOFP) is a high level medical qualification which is designed specifically for the pre-hospital management of players.

The course is accredited with the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

How does the course work?

This is a two-day course that’s hosted at Dewsbury Rams RLFC.

Candidates are assessed on five elements according to an objective marking criteria, with an overall pass mark of 75% needed to pass the course. The assessment will compromise the following:

 

Pre-course MCQ - 5% - 30 question MCQ paper

On-course workstation - 10% - On-going, on-course assessment. Candidates will be assessed by instructors delivering the workstations with respect to their practical engagement in the learning tasks undertaken

Practical Scenario Exam - 30% - Objective marking criteria for professional performance within the practical scenario

CPR Exam - 20% - Objective marking criteria for professional performance within the practical scenario

Theory Paper - 5% - 50 question MCQ paper

 

The qualification must be reaccredited with recertification as set out in the four-year cycle below.

 YEAR 1

Two-day IMMOFP course

YEAR 2

One-day refresher course

YEAR 3

One-day refresher course

YEAR 4

Two-day IMMOFP course

 

Medical staff have two months from the anniversary of the previous years course to attend the next course. Keeping the qualification up to date and booking on a course in time is the personal responsibility of medical staff.

 

Who can attend?

The RFL IMMOFP course is designed for all medical staff working (or volunteering) at clubs who are, or may be, involved in giving treatment or advice to players within a professional club environment (training and/or match days).

To attend the you must be one of the following:

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Doctor

Must be full registered with the GMC, practicing, possess the appropriate professional indemnity insurance. It is best practice to hold a Diploma in Sports Medicine or equivalent.

Physiotherapist

Must be CSP & HCPC registered with a degree in physiotherapy and possess the appropriate professional indemnity insurance.

Sports Therapist

Must be a graduate Sports Therapist with an accredited degree and a member of a recognised professional body.

Sports Rehabilitator

Must be degree qualified, BASRAT registered and have the appropriate indemnity insurance.

After starting their role at a club new Doctors and Physiotherapists have three months to successfully complete and pass the course, or until the first available course becomes available if there are no courses within this time frame. Sports Therapists and Sports Rehabilitators must both successfully complete the course before entering the field of play.

 

 

2020 Course Dates

 

IMMOFP COURSE DATES 2020

 

 

29 & 30 JANUARY - 2 day

21 FEBRUARY - 1 day

19 & 20 MARCH - 2 day

9 APRIL - 1 day

17 & 18 JUNE - 2 day

26 JUNE - 1 day

24 & 25 SEPTEMBER - 2 day

9 OCTOBER - 1 day

5 & 6 NOVEMBER - 2 day

25 NOVEMBER - 1 day

 

What does it cost?

 

TWO DAY COURSE

For staff currently employed by an RL club payment (£550+VAT) will be made via a deduction from the clubs Central Distributions. Candidates must get permission from their club before applying. Independent candidates must pay for the course in full (£750+VAT) via BACS six weeks prior to attending. We reserve the right to offer your place to another candidate if payment is not received within this time frame.

 

ONE DAY COURSE

For staff currently employed by an RL club payment (£300+VAT) will be made via a deduction from the clubs Central Distributions. Candidates must get permission from their club before applying. Independent candidates must pay for the course in full (£400 +VAT) via BACS six weeks prior to attending. We reserve the right to offer your place to another candidate if payment is not received within this time frame.

 

 

How to book your place

 

To book your place on a course, send the below completed Application Form to tom.hoyle@rfl.uk.com