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I really don't like the rugby season at school

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Both my son's have to play contact rugby at school and it worries me each week. They have played contact rugby since they were in Y4 and have had bruises and the odd stud mark here and there. Today in his weekly games afternoon, my YS son hurt his back with a whiplash style injury, he is sore but ok. However my heart sank when just after our school nurse had spoken to me, I saw the air ambulance land on our schools rugby pitch. One of my sons friends had fallen in a scrum and had been trodden in his neck by several boys. He wasn't moving and was barely breathing, he is only 12, YS is very worried about him. Fingers are firmly crossed for him. As I say I can't wait for the rugby season to be over.

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I can understand your worries and I do hope that the young man in question is ok. All schools and clubs, for that matter take head and neck injuries very seriously and it is now the normal procedure to automatically get the injured person to specialist care as soon as possible.

Both of my boys have played since they were 7. They are now 25 and 21. They both wear scrum caps as a matter of course. Both are backs but nevertheless they wear one. It is not the solution, good refereeing or not playing :shock: are better but they offer some protection.

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How awful :( . Hope the poor lad is ok and your son feels better soon.

 

My boys both played rugby too. Thankfully no major injuries for our two but we saw or heard of quite a few incidents over the years.

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As I type, my son is getting his gum shield ready for a new season on rugby :( It does worry me, but it is a big part of his school. I don't think I have ever worried about any major injuries, until reading what happened at your sons school. Just hope it was all just precautions and he is ok.

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Almost every time I turned up pitch side for a rugby match I'd arrive to a crunch....invariably with my string bean of a son at the bottom...luckily nothing major occurred as a result (except me refusing to go & watch!) and now he doesn't play rugby anymore, and I am more than happy with that!

 

Hoping the little lad is ok :pray:

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I go cold reading this, thank goodness my boys didn't play. Big hugs for you and wishes that all is well

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I go cold reading this, thank goodness my boys didn't play. Big hugs for you and wishes that all is well

Me too.

 

DS liked rugby but as he got older and shot for the GB archery team they said no more contact sports, he could do the training sessions but no contact. He was upset at the time but I was relieved :oops: .

 

I hope they are both ok.

 

Chrissie

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Thankfully my sons friend is ok, I haven't heard many details, but he is at home - phew! My son is also off today, as he was quite stiff and sore, he seem well recovered now.

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Glad hes ok, I dislike football and rugby - far too thug like these days without all the scuffles etc. As you know YS broke ankle in a slide tackle at school and silly boy said nothing - OH wanted to sue the school but because he said nowt we couldnt. ES has been bitten in football. I also hate the fact if a professional footballer does something like biting or treading on someones head - lots of mindless little oiks follow suit. Footballers like David Beckham do set a better example in general but sportsmanship has left the game. I know you cant wrap em in cotton wool but you want to.

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I'm so glad your friend's son is ok.

As a mum of a very skinny young son, I too hated it when he did rugby at school, so know how you must have been feeling.

Thank goodness he has finished school now but who knows what perils there are at uni instead.

I hope everyone soon feels better and not sore.

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My ES is very slight,and was even more so at school because he was also asthamtic, so suffered badly in contact sports. He went on to become a champion windsurfer and remains very sporty - but no thanks to his school.

 

That was a long time ago (he's 40 this year!!) so I had hoped schools were more enlightened now and offered alternatives. Not all seem to have moved on though from your stories.

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My son is in Year 9 (he's 13) and is playing rugby but they're only allowed to play tag rugby, certainly not full contact.

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Y9 seems quite old for tag, contact rugby starts at Y4, but maybe that's because it's an independent school, so very much a traditional thing. I would rather they played a safer sport (ideally one involving a lot of cotton wool!) and look forward to hockey and cricket which YS particular enjoys.

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Y9 seems quite old for tag,

I thought that too. At school they play tag up to the end of primary Y6 but at the rugby clubs they start contact earlier.

 

Chrissie

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Both cricket and hockey have their injury problems too. I ended up at A&E twice through hockey(as an adult!) and ES has had 5 knee ops as a result of cricket.( He is a fast bowler which does not help). As mums we can't wrap them in cotton wool, except in our heads. We can be supportive and positive about what they do and make an effort to learn the rules which will make it easier to talk with them about the games they play.

 

It is not that I disagree with the rest of the comments on this thread, but I guess that as my sons are older, I have been through the feelings of fear and learnt to come to terms with them. it is always hard watching them grow up whatever they play or do.

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Y9 seems quite old for tag,

I thought that too. At school they play tag up to the end of primary Y6 but at the rugby clubs they start contact earlier.

 

Chrissie

 

 

I wonder if it's something to do with the risk and suing the school if something happens :roll: Tried to persuade son to try out for local rugby club but he's not interested, my brother has played since he was 8 (nearly 30 years) and has had several broken bones, his nose will never be straight again and he's loved every minute! Son is not remotely sporty though.

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