Department for Health

RFU Community and Youth Rugby Injury Surveillance and Prevention Projects:

The Community Men's (CRISP) and Youth (YRISP) Rugby Injury Surveillance Projects are national programmes funded by the Rugby Football Union as part of the RugbySafe Research strand. The Projects are co-ordinated by members of the Department for Health at the University of Bath. The aim of the projects is understand more about the injury profile and methods to reduce injuries in adults men's community rugby and school-age (U13-U18) rugby union.

We are currently recruiting teams for the 2019-20 season:

Register a men's community club rugby team (CRISP Project):

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

For more information on the Men's community Project, visit the CRISP information page

Register a team for the Schools injury surveillance Project (YRISP Project):

Contact Matt Hancock and Craig Barden:



Rugby union is one of the most popular team sports in the world and England comprises the largest playing population compared with other countries. While detailed injury information has been available for Premiership rugby for a number of years, it may not be appropriate to assume that injury patterns of the professional game reflect those of the Community game.To understand more about the causes of injury and how to reduce injuries it is important that programmes of injury surveillance have been established for community adult and youth 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.

These projects 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).

Contact for Men's Community club Project:

Dr Simon Roberts
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4531 | email: