Rugby is a sport involving not just contact but collision. With proper preparation and supervision it is safe, but without these it can become dangerous.
Exercise regularly to ensure that you are physically fit enough to withstand the strain of a rugby match. Developing strong core muscles in the back, in particular, will prevent injuries.
Train thoroughly to learn good techniques, especially for tackling and scrums, before you play competitively. Many injuries occur from avoidable play errors.
Before playing a match, warm up for 15-30 minutes, with plenty of stretches.
Use a mouth guard (gum shield). This will prevent damage to your teeth and give some protection against injuries to the head and jaw. Either obtain a custom-made mouth guard from your dentist or buy a 'boil-and-bite' shield.
Protect your head with a plastic scrum cap. Wear lightweight padding on your shoulders and chest.
Drink plenty of liquids during a match to avoid dehydration and heatstroke.
Always follow the rules of the game. They are designed to minimise serious injuries. In particular, never deliberately cause a scrum, ruck or maul to collapse.
Withdraw from the game immediately if you suffer a blow to the head resulting in even momentary loss of consciousness, or in temporary mental confusion or loss of balance.
- Players who suffer a knock that renders them unconscious for more than 15 seconds should be taken to a hospital A&E department.
- If unconscious, a player should be assumed to have a serious neck or spinal injury until proven otherwise, and should be moved only with the greatest caution.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic scrum cap
- Upper body padding