RETURN TO PLAY: PLAYERS
Coping with the uncertainty around COVID-19 and the pandemic is a challenge, but you don’t have to do it alone. Anyone with concerns or wanting support for their mental health and wellness during these times is encouraged to access the following resources:
- Anxiety Canada, numerous free resources including Talking to Kids About COVID-19:
- Canadian Mental Health Association, numerous free resources and Provincial
- HealthLine 811, a confidential, 24-hour health and mental health addiction service available via telephone and online: https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/Services-Locations/HealthLine/Pages/home.aspx
- Hope for Wellness Helpline, offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis
intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada: https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/
- Kids Helpline, Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential
and anonymous care from professional counsellors: https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-
- Wellness Together Canada, offers the following at no cost to Canadians (1) Wellness
self-assessment and tracking; (2) self guided courses, apps and other resources; (3)
Group coaching and community of support; and (4) Counselling by text or phone:
Gradual Return to Training
Detraining/de-conditioning will occur after even short periods of inactivity or reduced activity and increasing training intensity and/or volume too quickly can increase risk of injuries. To avoid injury, when returning to training start slow and rebuild your foundational base of strength and power. Returning to training should be a gradual process that will take place over a period of several weeks and months.
Learn more about safe progression to training here: How much is too much? International Olympic Committee consensus statement on load in sport and risk of injury
Activate Injury Prevention Exercise Program
The World Rugby Activate program highlights fundamental movements to improve athleticism, skills, performance and injury prevention in a rugby specific setting. Coming off a long break from training, the Activate program is recommended for players and coaches to avoid unnecessary injury.
The program is designed with resources for athletes aged 13 to 18 and over, modified for use across community-level rugby settings.
Even if you are uncomfortable returning to sport you are a valued player and community member, and this can be an opportunity to grow and develop other elements of the game.
There are lots of resources for individual rugby-specific training, including drills and conditioning, available online.
England Rugby, Get Fit for Rugby: https://www.englandrugby.com/participation/playing/virginactive