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WISGYR Project

The Welsh Injury Surveillance in Girls’ Youth Rugby (WISGYR) project is a 3-year research study funded by World Rugby, supported by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), and managed by researchers from the School of Psychology and Sport Science at Bangor University. 

Project Overview

To make the game of rugby safer, more enjoyable and to increase participation, two of World Rugby’s player welfare research priorities are to fund (i) player welfare research in women’s rugby, and (ii) injury surveillance and prevention research at all levels of the game. 
The WISGYR project aims to address the lack of injury risk information available in youth female rugby, specifically in the community game. By putting the player first, we hope to identify welfare risks to young female players, investigate ways to reduce these risks and develop and share best practice guidelines.

How we plan to do this 

Over 3-years will be recording injuries in girls’ rugby matches to assess the risk. We will be collecting this information in girls aged between 7 and 18 years old from the WRU girls’ hubs, secondary school games and local clubs in the North Wales region.

Research Team

Eloise Kirby

Eloise is registered as a PhD researcher at Bangor University and will be working full-time carrying out data collection and processing and analysing the data. Eloise will also be the ‘face’ of the project and will be engaging with stakeholders throughout the 3-year project.

Eloise is an active rugby player representing Caernarfon Women’s Rugby Team and is the Captain of the Women’s Rugby Union Club at Bangor University.

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