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Author Topic: Play Football: Rugby 2 youth player deaths in 5 years  (Read 289 times)
« on: Wed, 16-May-18 @ 11:36:01PM »
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Football players should play football and not try to bring their skills to Rugby which is still hanging on in Canada when Football is a far safer sport. Football has helmets which are certified by all teams on a regular basis. 
Players trained only in Rugby may be "trained to tackle below the shoulder" but the fact of the matter is in High School it becomes a blend of Football and Rugby tackling without any protection and you never saw so many injuries in your life.
There is little to no time to train players to play safely in a high school short season. Like tackle football the best Rugby teams are highly aggressive and fast. From sprains to broken bones to head injuries, Rugby has far more.

This comment by a Rugby Official is almost laugh out loud worthy when he says,"unlike football and hockey, players are trained to be more mindful of each other’s immediately recognize when they or others are hurt..."

Like Rugby players run at full speed mindful of each other's safety, looks like Rugby has 2 more deaths in Canada than football does in the last 5 years.


Rugby Canada says sport has good safety record, despite two deaths in five years

Brodie McCarthy was an 18-year-old high schooler who sustained a fatal brain injury during a rugby tournament last Friday.

May 16, 2018

Brodie McCarthy is shown in a family handout photo. McCarthy, 18, sustained a fatal brain injury during a routine play on Friday with his rugby team from Montague Regional High School in P.E.I. (The Canadian Press)

Rugby Canada’s CEO says major traumatic injuries like one that killed a P.E.I. teenager are rare despite the lack of protective gear because players are trained to safely tackle opponents and respect each other’s safety.

Allen Vansen said in a phone interview Wednesday that he was incredibly saddened to hear about the death of Brodie McCarthy, an 18-year-old high schooler who sustained a fatal brain injury during a rugby tournament last Friday.

But he said McCarthy’s sudden death — five years after the death of Ottawa teen Rowan Stringer after multiple on-field concussions — should not deter other teens from playing the sport.

Vansen said rugby is like any other contact sport, but unlike football and hockey, players are trained to be more mindful of each other’s safety.

Although players do not wear helmets or protective gear, they are trained to tackle below the shoulders and to immediately recognize when they or others are hurt.

Vansen said Rugby Canada follows strict protocols when it comes to assessing the risks and recognizing concussions and other brain injuries on the field.

He said rugby officials at Friday’s game followed Rugby Canada’s protocol on seriously injured players.

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« Reply #1 on: Thu, 17-May-18 @ 10:09:23AM »
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Should also be noted that there are way more kids playing hockey and football in Canada than Rugby.  So if did this as a percentage or "deaths per capita" stat, the risk of death from rugby would be astronomically higher than from football.
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« Reply #2 on: Thu, 17-May-18 @ 03:43:32PM »
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Unfortunate situation for all involved, but if this had been a death from youth Tackle Football the Canadian media and probably in the US too would have jumped all over it saying "how dangerous tackle football" is (in their uninformed view) and quoting a bunch of random people saying "they would never let their kids play" then they would have found an ex-CFL player who would have said the same thing.
But, none of that has happened in tackle football.
Getting better & more highly trained Coaches into the game and having strict Safety standards put in place like proper tackling enforced by Football Canada, Football Alberta right down to local Leagues and Referees would be helpful.
Aggressive Rugby players can make some very good football players with coaching, they are a lot safer from head injuries as well.
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« Reply #3 on: Thu, 17-May-18 @ 04:34:13PM »
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