A Rise in Rugby Injuries Alarm Some
Rugby is a rough sport, and that is why so many fans enjoy watching. A great many players enjoy participating in the game of rugby due to the sport’s tough reputation. Players who thrive on the rugby field definitely are considered tough athletes. The nature of the sport does lead to injuries. Granted, all sports have their share of injuries. Adults should know what they are getting into when playing a tough sport. Young children, however, are another matter.
The BBC has taken a look at tackling injuries in school yard rugby, and the report is somewhat intriguing.
Doctors and academics are concerned that tackling is the cause of far too many injuries in the school system. As a result, these professionals want to see tackling banned. Needless to say, there is a lot of resistance against the banning of tackling. The rough and tumble nature of rugby is all part of the sport. While no one is interested in rugby betting at school yards, the integration of tough sports is still important to many. The rite of passage associated with playing such a tough sport is concerned part of the maturation process.
The injuries in rugby, however, can be quite severe. One young man suffered permanent paralysis after having broken his neck during a rugby game. The freak accident occurred after other players landed on top of the young person as he was on the ground. Named David, the player says he does not hold any animosity towards the sport. He does not wish to see contact banned in any way.
Numerous serious injuries have occurred in the game of rugby over the years. Tackling, clearly, is the cause of or the precipitation to the cause of most injuries. When two bodies crash into each and/or into the hard ground, an injury can be unavoidable. Hence some are saying that the risks associated with tackling and excess contact in rugby are deemed intolerable.
No one is calling for the banning of the sport. Even if anyone did, the popularity and tradition of rugby in schools is far too strong for such a call to receive any real traction. What many do want is to see the amount of contact in the sport reduced. Tackling could even end up being removed from the game. Without tackling, injuring risks would be reduced. The key point here is injury risks may be reduced, but they cannot be outright eliminated. All sports do come with risks. Those who have spent a lot of time playing or betting on rugby have surely seen a host of injuries occur over the years. Nothing can be done to 100% prevent injuries, but something may be instituted that cuts down on the risks.