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Comment #2860491 by Ahippo

Ahippo Sep 1st 2014, 2:57 PM #

The physics of rugby has changed so much in the recent past but the laws and attitudes have not kept up. Peoplecs bodies are bigger, heavier, more dense and they move faster so when they collide the forces are much greater. Plus there is this whole school of physical dominance brought into the game by England which says steamroller your opponent rather than run around him. And unfortunately it means more concussive collisions. IRFU has to do more to make sure all coaches and all clubs and schools take concussion seriously. Its not manly to be dead.

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    Favourite Niall o' Sullivan
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    Sep 1st 2014, 3:03 PM

    Good points. Even in soccer now, and since the recent world cup, concussion is taken more seriously. (Though some refs clearly didn’t implement the guidelines).

    When I played schools Junior and Senior rugby, it wasn’t uncommon to have little more than a few bottles of water on the sideline. If you got a knock, the answer to it was having some water poured over your head – and on you went.

    Same with soccer. I played soccer for years at club and school level, and there too, the answer to any kind of injury was a bottle of water. Very silly.

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    Favourite Bernard Cantillon
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    Sep 1st 2014, 7:15 PM

    What was the logic behind the water?

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    Favourite Niall o' Sullivan
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    Sep 1st 2014, 7:17 PM

    There was none. It’s as if they thought it could sort out broken bones and concussion.

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    Favourite Ryan Carroll
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    Sep 1st 2014, 11:47 PM

    The universal Irish med kit, a bottle of water, a box of solphadene, Ponstan, and a bottle of 7up.

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    Favourite Niall o' Sullivan
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    Sep 2nd 2014, 12:22 AM

    You musta went to a private school, Ryan. Back in my day, it was a refilled two litre TK bottle of water.

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