The revolutionary Concussion Awareness Online Training undertaken by all Aviva Premiership Rugby players, coaches and support staff last season has been shortlisted for three national awards at the 2015 E-learning Awards.
In 2014, English Professional Rugby’s three major stakeholders, Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Players’ Association worked with E-learning company, DeltaNet to produce an online Concussion Awareness module. The mandatory module, was completed by all 1,469 professional players, coaches and referees within the stipulated deadline, a 100% completion rate.
As a result of completing the training, 100% of players reported an increased ability to recognise the symptoms and signs of concussion, while 90% said that the Concussion Awareness module had had a positive effect on the culture of the professional game regarding concussion – much to Corin Palmer, Premiership Rugby’s Head of Rugby Operations delight.
“When we started to develop this concussion awareness training, the number one priority was to change the culture within the game by raising awareness about concussion and brain injuries,” said Palmer.
“Working with the team at Premiership Rugby, the RFU and the RPA, DeltaNet produced a superb, user-friendly and easy to deliver e-learning resource, which has been embraced by everyone in the English professional game – players, coaches and referees.”
The three awards the Concussion Awareness e-learning module has been shortlisted for are:
- Best e-learning project in the private sector
- Excellence in the production of learning content – private sector
- Best use of e-learning to ensure compliance with external regulations or internal policies
The 2015 E-Learning Awards will be held at the end of November and while Palmer is hoping for success – much of his focus is already on improving the module for seasons to come.
“Premiership Rugby’s number one priority is player welfare,” he added. “We have placed a huge amount of emphasis on changing the culture towards head injuries and concussion through education and we want to continue to build on that.
“Premiership Rugby and Championship players including Academy players, directors of rugby, coaches, strength and conditioning staff, analysts and support staff, England International players, England 7s players, England women players, England women’s 7s team, coaches and support staff, and all professional referees are in the process of completing the training for the second season.”