World Rugby is calling on the global rugby family to ‘Activate’ at home
and get ready for rugby’s restart as the world prepares to return from
the COVD-19 lockdown.
The game-changing programme has compelling
injury-prevention benefits for both the community and elite levels
according to research undertaken by the RFU and the University of Bath.
regularly in preparation to train and play, Activate can reduce the
risk of soft-tissue injuries by 26 and 40 per cent and concussion risk
by 29 and 60 per cent in youth and adult rugby players respectively.
is proving a hit around the world with community and professional teams
alike introducing Activate into their training programmes and courses
run in more than 100 countries.
With rugby and society in
lockdown, World Rugby encourages players and match officials to run
Activate safely at home to maintain general rugby conditioning and
prevent injuries when returning to play. In Samoa, Activate is broadcast
live on national TV every Monday and Tuesday during the lockdown to
help population stay active.
Activate is a cornerstone of rugby
preparation across the globe and since its launch in September 2019,
almost 400 coaches have attended face-to-face courses delivered by
licensed Trainers and Educators across the world. The objective being to
build delivery and education capacity within the sport’ global
community coaching network.
The programme, which is available in 11 languages, has been accessed online by more than 5,000 coaches where supportive educational materials, including video and cue cards can be accessed to guide implementation for everyone in the game.