SCYR’s Player Welfare Program (PWP) is designed to provide critical and on-going safety benefits to the youth and high school rugby players of Southern California. This comprehensive program includes four critical, integrated benefits:
- Access to Certified Athletic Trainers
- Access to the industry-leading, online baseline concussion test, ImPACT testing
- Access to a mobile injury reporting system designed for youth sports in InjureFree
- Access to the PWP Manager to assist parents and coaches with understanding and accessing the PWP benefits
InjureFree plays a critical role in the PWP program. InjureFree is an online injury reporting system that tracks all injury reports submitted by the ATCs covering SCYR matches. InjureFree was developed specifically for the care and protection of youth athletes and is fully compliant with all HIPAA and FERPA requirements protecting personal information.
When an ATC tends to an SCYR athlete at a match, they will create an injury report in InjureFree that describes the injury, any actions taken by the ATC, and the ATC’s recommendations for the athlete and parent regarding further assessment or treatment of the injury.
If the injury is significant or involves concussion or suspected concussion, SCYR’s PWP Manager will contact the parent/guardian and the coach listed for the athlete in SCYR’s registration system to confirm awareness of the injury and the ATC’s recommendations. If the injury is a suspected concussion, the athlete will be automatically ineligible to play again until the full concussion protocol is completed and a doctor’s letter is submitted to the PWP Manager. The parent/guardian will be able to retrieve their child’s injury report from within InjureFree, which they can print and/or send electronically to the physicians caring for their child’s injury. The athlete’s injury report is completely protected and only the parent/guardian, the ATC who originally assessed the injury, the athlete’s coach and SCYR’s PWP Manager have access to the information.
The use of InjureFree allows SCYR to accumulate aggregate injury data over time, resulting in improved safety policies for our athletes.