Rugby has always been widely recognised, and glorified, as a sport that promotes strength and power. It is undeniably a great sport to spectate and partake in. But for as long as it has been around there have been serious, life-threatening injuries that have threatened the livelihood of both players and the sport. Many people have called for rugby to be disbanded given its dangerous nature. The World Rugby organisation has released new rules in a bid to prevent and preempt dangerous tackles that endanger player’s lives.
What are the new regulations?
- Reckless tackles are when the player knows there is risk of making dangerous contact with an opponent’s head. The referee can and will punish the offending player even if offence starts below the shoulders. “Rolling or twisting around the head/neck area” is also forbidden. The minimum sanction is a yellow card and the maximum is a red card.
- Accidental tackles are when the player makes accidental contact with an opponent’s head. “This includes situations where the ball-carrier slips into the tackle”. Minimum sanction is a penalty.
Have new rugby regulations minimised injuries?
These adaptations appear to be a positive step towards improving the sport, but have the new rugby regulations minimised injuries? It’s not so much a case of minimising injuries; it’s becoming more aware of the dangers of concussions. Suffering a blow to the head can have massive repercussions and in the case where players aren’t correctly diagnosed and suffer a second concussion, commonly referred to as second impact syndrome (SIS), the brain swells, quickly and disastrously. The results are terrible as those who don’t die are often disabled afterwards. Misdiagnosis on the part of medical teams at sports events is a dire offence and is medical negligence.
Have you suffered a rugby injury and weren’t treated correctly?
Even though rugby players often insist on returning to the field of play, it’s down to the medical staff to make the final call and if they allow a player to return to action who is unfit to play, they are liable to be sued. If this has happened to you or your child, call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can also take a 30-second test on our website if you have limited time. We have over 16 years of experience in personal injury claims and can help you claim against negligent medical staff. We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, which allows you to worry about the claim and not about legal fees.