What is the Rugby Safety Network (RSN)?

The Rugby Safety Network, developed by Jamie and Jennifer Cudmore, by player for players, aims to support and educate players who have suffered from concussion as well as to fully study concussion in order to find ways to better protect players.

It is being put in place for the very reason that concussion, its symptoms, and recovery, are so vastly different player to player, knock to knock. The statistics they gathered to lay out the plan are staggering:

  • Many current rugby players frequently suffer from post-concussion symptoms such as headache, dizziness, balance or memory issues, ringing ears, sensitivity to light, and other symptoms often associated with concussion, without actually being diagnosed with concussion.
  • One survey showed 46% of all university rugby players had experienced concussion in a single season.
  • Despite focus on return to play protocols being adhered to, team doctors often feel increased pressure to return the player to training sooner than they’d wish.
  • If a player returns too soon to play he or she may only be at 80% capacity, unhealthy for them and team alike.
  • Players under 18 should at no time be treated with the same protocols as adult players but often are.

Jamie Cudmore

Jamie Cudmore is one of Canada’s most prominent and successful international rugby players having represented the country at 4 World Cups from 2003 to 2015. Cudmore’s professional career took him to Llandovery RFC, Llanelli RFC, FC Grenoble, Oyonnax and ASM Clermont Auvergne.

Presently Jamie is the Head Coach of the Pacific Pride Academy based out of the Rugby Canada Al Charron National Training Centre in Langford B.C. The Academy is a men’s national high-performance program with the purpose to prepare young Canadian players for professional rugby.

Provide RSN Support To Your Organization and Players

Contact us today to connect your team or organization with the Rugby Safety Network or to simply to learn more.