Player Profiling is the process of assessing players to make sure:
They have sufficient technical skill and ability for the grade at which they are playing.
They are physically conditioned to meet the demands of the sport.
They are not predisposed to serious injuries.
Player Profiling gives a coach biographical details on a player (contact details, injuries, allergies, medical conditions, history of injury and recovery and performance statistics) that can be used as a base for comparison later in the season, particularly when injuries occur or are suspected.
Playing rugby means preparing well before the rugby season starts. Before pre-season training, every player should have his or her health and physical condition assessed. Some of the key factors to look for when screening are:
Players with any pre-existing injuries.
Players with a history of concussions.
Older front row players – they could need an x-ray to check that they have no degenerative conditions.
Front row forwards who have had a neck injury in the past.
The following are suggestions as to what you can screen your players for. Use a diary or download a form so that you can record this information for future use.