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Pillars of Support

Health & Safety

The Foundation has long placed a great emphasis on injury prevention and are continually looking at ways to minimize the risk of rugby injuries, especially when it concerns those in youth and high school competitions and programs.

In Action

Online High School Rugby
Injury Study

The Foundation didn’t hesitate in showing its support for an online high school rugby injury study, designed to benefit all high school rugby players registered with USA Rugby. In 2006, the study was headed up by Dr. Dawn Comstock, an experienced, rugby player, coach and referee.

In Action

Online Player Welfare Study Grant

In late 2023 the US Rugby Foundation provided a $7500 grant for a study entitled “The Implications of the Lack of Sports Medicine Care in Community-Level American Rugby”. This study, led by Dr. Katie Hunzinger, PhD, ACSM-CEP, CPT. aims to better understand concussion knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions among American rugby stakeholders.

Athletes older than 18 years old and currently involved in American community-level rugby are eligible to participate in the study. The study consists of an online survey broken down into two parts: concussion knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions, and sports medicine utilization.

Potential participants are eligible to join in this study if they are older than 18 years old and currently involved in American community-level rugby (i.e., adult club women’s or men’s) as either a coach, administrator, referee, referee coach, player, or sports medicine staffer. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and participants can end their participation, if they wish, at any time


We Need Your Support

With your support, the Foundation could fund additional studies looking at the intervention of improving the safety of rugby play.

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