Club Physio


Hornsby Rugby Club is proudly supported by Hornsby Sports Physiotherapy and Orthopaedic Centre.

Contact Michael Ho Shon at Hornsby Sports Physiotherapy by phone on (02) 9476 2422 to book an appointment or speak to him directly on any game day as he straps and patches up The Lions.

Hornsby Club Physio


It is compulsory for all teams competing in competitions managed by the ARU and/or member unions to participate in the ARU National Insurance Scheme.

The ARU Sports Injury and Liability Insurance Scheme provides a basic level of insurance for players, members and officials associated with club rugby. An Insurance Levy is payable by all clubs based on number of teams playing within the ARU sanctioned competition.

All participants (Players, Coaches, Officials) must be registered with the ARU in order to obtain coverage.

The level of benefits provided through this plan are not 'comprehensive' for all persons, and as such the ARU encourage all players and officials to take out Private Health Insurance and 'Top Up' coverage over and above the coverage provided by this insurance.

See the Subbies website for more information or speak to the club secretary for information on how to register an injury or make a claim. Remember it is important to complete a form for every injury even if you do not expect to have to claim. All injury forms must be submitted within 30 days of injury - note treatment does not have to be completed prior to the forms submission.

IRB Concussion Guidelines

The IRB Concussion Guidelines ensure that Players who suffer concussion are managed effectively to protect their long term Player health and welfare. These guidelines are designed for use by physicians and other health professionals, as well as, team management, teachers, parents and players

Guideline Principles
- Concussion must be taken extremely seriously to safeguard long term Player welfare.
- Players suspected of having concussion must be removed from play and must not resume play in the match or training.
- Players suspected of having concussion must be medically assessed.
- Players suspected of having concussion or diagnosed with concussion must go through a graduated return to play protocol (GRTP).
- Players must receive medical clearance before returning to play.

See the IRB site for more information and online resources.

Preventing Injuries

Effective injury prevention involves a host of measures such as physical preparation (e.g. conditioning, warming-up, stretching and cooling-down); skill and technique development; use of protective equipment; enforcement of game laws; rule/law changes; and the management of general safety issues by administrators, coaches, referees and other personnel. The following safety tips apply to all players, irrespective of the level of play.

Physical Preparation
- Players should undertake physical pre-season preparation during the off-season, and obtain advice on their conditioning program from either a coach or fitness advisor.
- Players should develop their individual and team skills, with guidance from their coach, before playing in competitive situations.

Pre-participation Screening
- New players and those older than 35 years, should consider undergoing preparticipation medical screening, with a qualified and experienced practitioner (e.g. sports physician or a general practitioner with sports medicine interest). Players should be prepared to accept the advice of a sports medicine professional that they should not play if they have a condition that places them at risk of injury.

Warm-up and Cool-down Procedures
- A standard warm-up (15-30min) should consist of aerobic activity, stretching and skills practice immediately before a game.
- Players should follow a regular stretching programme to increase and maintain flexibility.
- Players should use correct techniques for regular stretching. Regular checking by a coach or trainer is advised.

Safety during the game
- Tackling should be the focus of regular skills training and be progressively introduced to players.
- At the breakdown, players should try to remain on their feet. Training of team play for the breakdown is important, as is the prevention of foul play.
- Correct techniques for de-powering the scrum as specified by the ARU must be followed at all times.
- Mouthguards should be worn at all times during games and practices in which impacts to the teeth and jaw are possible. Players, especially those in more vulnerable positions and higher grades, should choose custom-fabricated mouthguards.
- Mouthguards should be replaced every two years or when damaged or deteriorated.
- Players should recognise that injuries to either themselves or other players can still occur with the use of protective equipment.
- Injured players should return to play only after appropriate rehabilitation to regain their strength, fitness and mobility.
- Players should only wear correct footwear, as specified by Law 4, which is maintained to allow for optimal training and the rehabilitation of injuries.
- Players with a previous severe injury should consult their sports medicine practitioner about the value of using protective equipment in their individual case.