Department for Health

RFU Community Rugby Injury Surveillance and Prevention (CRISP)

The Community Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (CRISP) is a national programme funded by the Rugby Football Union as part of the RugbySafe Research strand .

The Project is co-ordinated by members of the Sport, Health & Exercise Science Research Group in the Department for Health.


Register your club

If you are interested in involving your club in this Project  register your club by contacting the study team



Rugby union has one of the highest reported injury incidence rates compared with other team sports, with the potential for severe injuries. While detailed in formation is available for Premiership rugby, it may not be appropriate to assume that these injury patterns reflect those of the Community game.

To understand more about the causes of injury and how to reduce injuries it is important that a programme of injury surveillance is established for Community rugby. Obtaining more information on the number, type and causes of match-play injuries will allow for more effective strategies to deal with prevention and rehabilitation.

This project will establish a programme to collect information about the incidence, type and severity of injuries which occur during match play over various playing levels below the Aviva Premiership and the Green King IPA Championship in English club rugby (RFU levels 3-9).


Dr Simon Roberts
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