After Newcastle’s Alex McKinnon neck broke during a lift in March, several commentators and parents have questioned whether. That’s rugby is too dangerous for children. So, is McKinnon’s injury a bizarre accident, or is it a fair match mishap?
In any collision sport, injury is a relatively common and unavoidable part of the game. The risk of sustaining an injury in a football league requiring medical treatment is about 40 injuries per 1,000 hours of play. This varies between level of play, but usually increases as the level increases.
Young players see experienced players making illegal tackles and do not believe this handling is an acceptable part of the game. Unfortunately, their junior rivals may not have anticipated or expected this form of settlement or have the ancient strength of high-end players. That’s leading to greater impact and better recovery to bring players back to the game earlier.
In Australia, even when all football codes are grouped together, football ranks third in terms of risk of sports-related spinal injury. The rugby league evolved from the rugby league in 1895 because of the financial burden of players who were injured and unable to play.
These days, when the risk of injury is discussed, former football players often claim that it didn’t happen in my day. This could possibly be due to the way the game was once played. But most likely, it is due to the public’s lack of awareness of the risks involved.
The National Rugby Federation will be commended for its decision to ban shoulder charge collisions and tackle lifting. While breathtaking to watch, they contradict the word and spirit of the rules.
Equally spectacular tackles, but equally dangerous. The rules should be revised to outlaw any settlement occurring above the shoulder level. This will reduce the margin of suspicion for the arbitrator or subsequent judicial hearing and eliminate. That’s the need to decide where the contact was first made.