In 2004, each of the State Leagues – under the auspices of the Australian Rugby League – recognised the need for an “all encompassing” approach to player safety and welfare.
As a result, the National Sports Trainers Accreditation Scheme was adopted, and each league moved to have nationally accredited Sports Trainers as a compulsory requirement at junior games across the Country. This was phased in and implemented fully by 2008.
The cornerstone of the national scheme was the ‘On-field Policy’ covering all critical aspects of the management of injury or illness on the playing field. The initiative proved to be wise in the following seasons as government legislation evolved to the point where sporting organisations assumed similar responsibilities to workplaces in terms of being responsible for the health and safety of its participants, its volunteers, and spectators.
NRL On-Field Policy
The intent of the NRL’s Sports Trainer Policy is to ensure that all Rugby League clubs across Australia have appropriate injury management procedures in place. The Policy outlines that for all Rugby League matches from under 6’s through to under 12’s there must be a minimum of one NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer per match in attendance, with matches involving 13’s and above requiring one per team. For representative matches, the Policy requires a minimum of one NRL Level 2 Sports Trainer in attendance.
The policy can be located at http://www.playnrl.com/get-involved/sports-trainer/documents/
In 2016, the NRL is pleased to welcome Sports Medicine Australia and Vital First Aid as delivery partners for the NRL Sports Trainer Courses. The partnership will provide course candidates with access to the highest quality education in the first aid and sports medicine fields.
- Sports Medicine Australia will be responsible for the delivery of all NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer Courses.
- Vital First Aid will be responsible for the delivery of all Level 2 Sports Trainer Courses and all Reaccreditation Courses.
Whilst these partners have been engaged in the delivery of the aforementioned courses, the process for course candidates will continue to be streamlined through www.playnrl.com with all relevant information available via this site.
Course information, registration, and payment for all NRL Sports Trainer courses is located on the ‘Upcoming Courses’ page
The NRL offers 3 courses to prospective trainers, click on the course below to find out more details.