IRB announces expanded Medical Conference

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 13 July 2010
IRB announces expanded Medical Conference
Zimbabwe's Graham Kaulback tackles Joshua Posu of Papua New Guinea during the seventh place play-off at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2010 in Moscow Photo: Maria Anderson

The International Rugby Board has announced details of an expanded programme for the 2010 IRB Medical Conference, which will be held in London from November 3-5.

Following the success of the groundbreaking inaugural event last year, which delivered a suite of recommendations for player welfare focus areas, a third day has been added to the 2010 programme for leading experts in the medical profession to present the latest industry developments, while the IRB is also looking to open the Conference to commercial partners for the first time.

Under the central theme of Putting Players First, the Conference will open on November 3 with a meeting of the three specialist IRB Medical Working Groups established as a recommendation from the 2009 Conference to drive best-practice policy in concussion management, spinal cord injury management and implementation of cross-Union best-practice medical and player welfare policies.

The programme for day two will provide the opportunity for the Game's leading Rugby physicians and independent medical experts to consider the work of the IRB working groups, best-practice procedures, the latest research and training and education techniques for injury prevention.

"The inaugural IRB Medical Conference provided the Game with an innovative and proactive forum to bring together for the first time Union medical officers, playing representatives and invited independent experts to focus specifically on global player welfare matters, training and education best-practice and to exchange views and form recommendations for the IRB to focus on through its Medical Strategies," said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"The Conference provided the catalyst for the establishment of expert working groups to drive cross-Union policy in key areas, a collective agreement to standardise injury surveillance through the IRB's consensus document, the creation of a dedicated player welfare and medical extranet site for Unions and global acceptance of IRB Rugby Ready as the vehicle for driving best possible practice techniques through a global education and training programme. These policies will benefit the entire global Rugby family."

"This year's conference will build on the excellent work of the 2009 Conference and underscore the collaborative determination to ensure that the best possible techniques for player welfare management are observed at all levels of the Game worldwide. Opening up the conference to specialist expert speakers on day 3 is an exciting addition and will give an invaluable insight into latest developments in health and medical matters outside the sports sphere."

Further details of the Conference programme, including expert speakers and discussion areas will be announced in due course. Parties interested in attending the Conference as a delegate or an exhibitor or organisations interested in becoming a commercial partner should contact IRB Technical Services Administrator

Putting Players First - The Second IRB Medical Conference

3-5 November 2010, London

November 3 - IRB Medical Working Groups meet
November 4 - Member Union Forum:
AM: Update from the IRB, including a presentation on the work of the specialist working groups.
PM: Focus areas for discussion determined my Union feedback
November 5 - Open Forum for Unions and Medical Profession Research presentations

Throughout the programme there will be commercial opportunities while there will also be a networking area for exhibitions and stands on site.