Case Study: Spinal Injury Training – International Rugby Board: Pacific Nations

Big Islanders, big collisions: NeckSafe® Spinal Injury Training for Pacific Rugby.


Client: International Rugby Board
Project: NeckSafe ® Spinal Injury Training
Years: 2009
Commitment: Ongoing
Venues: Suva, Nadi, Apia, Nuka A’lofa
Facilities: Fixed Emergency Clinics at grounds, Medical Coordinator
Staffing: 2 Trainers

In March of 2009 Immediate Assistants was offered the opportunity by the International Rugby Board (IRB) to present the NeckSafe®[1] programme in the Acute Management of Spinal Injuries to developing Rugby Nations (Fiji, Samoa and Tonga) in the Pacific.

The only programme of it’s kind in Australia to focus solely on the Acute Management of Spinal Injuries, NeckSafe® has been recognised across all major football and other sporting codes, and twice been the recipient of NSW Sporting Injuries Commission Training Excellence Awards.’

This was, however, the first opportunity to formally take the programme onto the international stage, and we are grateful to the IRB for having this foresight

An intense week long programme saw over 50 sports doctors, trainers, officials, referees and administers taught in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

[1] NeckSafe is a Registered trademark of Immediate Assistants Pty. Ltd

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