Rugby : the tackle should not be taught to the children

Health 14 July, 2017


Published the 14.07.2017 to 17h36


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Should we put an end to the tackle in rugby ? This simple idea makes choke with rage the enthusiasts of the oval ball. Yet this is the offer of doctors in the uk. Without going so far as to ban the gesture, it will be wise to delay the learning. They recall, in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, plating promotes injury and can cause long-term sequelae.

Health professionals agree : the rules of the game should evolve, at least among the younger people. According to a survey conducted in 2015 by the BMJ, 65 % of practitioners want to reduce the risk of concussion. Further consider that the rugby school should be more safe.

Too young

But all do not share this opinion. What worries the authors of this review of the literature. “In England, the tackle is introduced before 9 years and then becomes a full part of the game “, they remember. In 2019, the federation of british initiates a million young people English in this discipline. Tackle included.

Doctors of the World Rugby even split of a study, published in 2016 in order to reassure the worried. The work indicate that, compared to other team sports, rugby does not increase the risk of injury. This is false, according to the figures collected by the specialists of the university of Newcastle (United Kingdom). Has a young age, the gesture greatly increases the risk of injury, particularly in the area of the head and neck.

A risk variable

“There was a consensus on the fact that the sports of a collision, rugby, cause more injuries than other sports, such as football, underlines professor Allyson Pollock, co-author of this review. The rate of concussion is higher in rugby than in any other sport that caters to the young. “In fact, before 20 years, half of the accidents during the matches are due to a tackle.