SAFE2350James Allen and Keith Fox, Irish National Team Physiotherapists joined 15 other medical, physiotherapy and nursing colleagues last weekend to take part in the first IRFU SAFE Rugby Course (Standard Approach to Field Emergencies) to be run at the Connacht Rugby facility at the Sportsground.

The SAFE Rugby Level 2 is a pitch-side emergency care course designed for medical and paramedical staff and covers topics like spinal and head injury management, fractures and joint injuries, concussion and airway management. All participants were also certified in Basic Life Support and Advisory External Defibrillation by the Irish Heart Foundation.

The course was run by Shane Mooney IRFU First Aid & Injury Prevention Coordinator and Mr. John O’Donnell who is the Doctor for Connacht Rugby and an Emergency Medicine Consultant at University Hospital Galway. The faculty members from the SAFE Rugby team were joined by Dr James Binchy and Dr. Brian McNichol, also Emergency Medicine Consultants. James is also one of the team doctors with Connacht Rugby.

The next SAFE Rugby Level 1 course which is designed for non medically trained people like coaches, players, referees and club officials is on at Galway Corinthians RFC on Saturday 2nd November. Booking is open at




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