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Medical Assistance

Medical Assistance

While professional players are in contract, their Club will take responsibility for the cost of medical treatment. But when an injury forces retirement, players are on their own.

The nature of sport-related injury often requires specific care that is not always available quickly or easily on the NHS. With the help of funding from Restart, retired players can still have access to the specialist care they need.

The physical effects of sporting injury can be felt for many years to come, and it is still relatively early in the history of the professional game to know what the long-term implications will be on players’ health. But we do know that the demand for our help is only going to increase.

Restart will provide support for as long as it is needed – whether that's for months, years, or the rest of a player’s life. And our support is not just limited to injuries sustained from rugby. We will also help when a player is forced to retire through illness or an accident off the pitch.

Ed Williamson

Ed Williamson

Support from Restart helped to resurrect the rugby career of London Welsh’s Ed Williamson.

Scott Hobson

Scott Hobson

When Bath lock, Scott Hobson suffered a serious shoulder injury, he needed practical help to get to his rehabilitation sessions.

Robert Todd

Robert Todd

Sale Sharks player, Robert Todd, needed help when a potential fatal diagnosis of skin cancer forced his rugby retirement.