At this time of year and with Junior Representative Teams training and playing Games and Clubs returning for pre season it is important that we all understand how to best manage Hot Conditions and potential impacts on Player Welfare
NRL Sports Trainer Accreditation Scheme
The below guidelines, produced by Sports Medicine Australia, South Australian Branch, must be considered by Rugby League organisations and their personnel when considering their duty of care responsibilities and taking a responsible approach towards the safety of their participants. A common sense attitude must be applied with consideration to the comfort and well-being of all individuals, including participants and officials. Cancellation, modification of events and/or training or withdrawal from participation may be appropriate even in circumstances falling outside these guidelines.
When considering modifying, cancelling or postponing a specific sporting event or training there are many factors that need to be considered. Exercise in the heat creates competitive demands on the cardiovascular system, which is required to increase the blood supply to the exercising muscles. At the same time it must regulate body temperature by increasing skin blood flow in order to produce the sweat that keeps the body cool. High intensity exercise in a hot environment, with the associated fluid loss and elevation of body temperature, can lead to
Dehydration – Heat Exhaustion – Heat Stroke.
Use the following table and points schedule to help determine the most appropriate action in the case of excessive heat conditions.