Injury reporting is important as it allows the tracking of why and how injuries happen - and provides a pathway to finding ways to prevent similar injuries from happening again.
If an injury does occur, players should report the injury to coaches and medical staff; otherwise they risk the injury worsening or never healing. This can have serious consequences, particularly with concussion injuries.
Every Wheelchair Rugby program should have a nominated officer responsible for injury audit. Injury audit is essential to enhance player safety and performance.
A sample IWRF Injury Report form can be downloaded
All injury surveys should use a form similar to the IWRF injury definition and data collection procedures for studies of injuries.
The IWRF’s definition of injury
“Any physical complaint, which was caused by a transfer of energy that exceeded the body’s ability to maintain its structural and/or functional integrity, that was sustained by a player during a Wheelchair Rugby match or Wheelchair Rugby training, irrespective of the need for medical attention or time loss from Wheelchair Rugby activities. An injury that results in a player receiving medical attention is referred to as a ‘medical attention’ injury and injury that results in a player being unable to take a full part in future Wheelchair Rugby training or match play as a ‘time-loss’ injury.”