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Contact sports will 'cease to exist' within a generation
Discussion started by Faithful_City (IP Logged), 11 August, 2019 10:37
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Faithful_City
11 August, 2019 10:37
So says a medical pioneer based in California.


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Doctor Bennet Omalu, the medical pioneer who discovered the first cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American footballers, predicts contact sports such as rugby league, rugby union and AFL will cease to exist within the space of a generation due to the health hazards associated with concussions.

Omalu also believes children should be banned from playing contact sports until the age of 18 due to the risks associated with concussions.

He likens forcing children to play rugby or hard physical contact sports to "child abuse"

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"It's almost like child abuse, to intentionally expose a child to injury," he said. "It is not right.

"Studies have been done in the US - in just one game of (American) football, a child receives about 50 blows. Some of them are like a car traveling at 30 miles an hour running into a brick wall.

"Your brain is 60-80 per cent water, it's a very sensitive and vulnerable organ that floats freely inside your skull. There's nothing holding it down. So every sudden change in motion, the brain jolts around in your skull."

This is probably why the IRB are trialing tackles below the waist only. However when you're trying to tackle a Fijian with legs like a tree trunk and made os steel, getting tour head and shoulders down there is downright dangerous to health.

But is he right?
Should we stop children playing contact sports?
Do we ignore the science and be the cause of some serious permanent head injuries?

Full Article Here

JP

centrethere
centrethere
11 August, 2019 16:45
Plans a foot only talk about ‘below the waist’ but no detail l have seen . Rugby was designed to tackle below the waist anyway. To my mind at the waist would mean on or below the hip bone . Below the waist would suggest top of the thigh I.e legs only

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Faithful_City
11 August, 2019 17:25
I think they need to rethink this.they are saying get your heads lower down and more likely to be hit by some very had and bony parts of the body

However you mess about with this and other like sports, contact sport is dangerous.

JP


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