Allyson Pollock Wants Children Banned from Playing Rugby at School!

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Professor Allyson Pollock wants rugby banned in schools after seeing her son suffer a broken cheek bone during a match. She has since banned both her sons from playing the sport and now wants to take away the right of your children to play as well.

In fairness to Professor Pollock the mounting concern surrounding concussions in rugby is an issue that needs addressing, however to simply claim that a sport is dangerous and stop your kids from playing it is frankly moronic.

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She points out that injuries can range from cuts and bruises through to broken bones, and most severely of all head and spinal injuries. It’s hard to argue with this, however there is also a chance that your child may end up with such injuries climbing in trees, playing football, or even simply going out in the car, should we ban all of these activities as well?

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  1. I wrote this article whilst still at university when she first made these comments, banning contact in youth rugby will only lead to more injuries in the adult game.

    http://centreforjournalismprojects.co.uk/scooponline/?p=2483

  2. Articles like this frustrate me. Not due to the fact that the topic is to ban children playing rugby, but rather the fact that it undermines health advice and government schemes from other areas.

    In the UK we have an obesity epidemic, with the associated problems such as systemic hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and diabetes mellitus. The general population is being encouraged to participate in sport, be it athletics as part of the Olympic legacy, or a team sport such as rugby or football. It was announced in last year that £150 will be invested annually to improve PE lessons in English primary schools, so that children are taught by specialist PE teachers. So far the schools have reported an increase in student fitness, an increased number of students attending after school sports clubs and improvement in behaviour in class. It is an established fact that those who exercise early in life are less likely to be obese as an adult, and less likely to struggle with mental health issues such as depression.

    As a child, I found that due to being obese and unfit I did not enjoy football, cricket, cross country etc due to the fact that those sports required you to be relatively fit to start off with. Rugby however is a game for all sizes, and like many other fatties I found that my bulk could be advantageous in the sport. In the 14 years I have been playing I have sustained only minor muscular injuries (sprains to the ankles, fingers and achilles) and a broken nose. I have sustained a concussion once during training where I collided with a player during a warmup.

    Team sports (rugby in particular) involve team work and social interaction, which are crucial life skills. The value of hard work is taught, and overcoming adversity instead of giving up at the first hurdle. Most importantly sports result in development of respect for your team mates and opposition.

    As much as I respect her writings as an academic, I think that her conclusion to ban children from playing rugby is ludicrous. It only encourages the parents to wrap their children up in cotton wool and keep them indoors playing video games greatly increasing the risk of obesity etc in the future.

  3. Totally agree with your comments. This came up in the Telegraph a few weeks ago. One of their columnists wrote an article saying every “serious” injury in rugby is a tragedy giving the impression that “serious” meant life changing. I wrote the letter below in response but it wasn’t published.

    Sir,

    I have read with interest the recent articles and comment on schoolboy rugby and the perceived risk of serious injury associated with it.

    I have three sons who all played rugby from an early age, with widely varying degrees of ability and interest. My eldest (who now plays at a high level) had to be taken to hospital twice in 10 years of play, which I understand is the definition of “serious injury” in the Irish Rugby Football Union study. Once was for a badly sprained ankle and the other a broken arm. Neither, of course, was nice but they were not a “tragedy” which Jane Shilling describes every serious injury as being. Of course, those very few players who are paralysed or even die (although the latter generally not for reasons associated with rugby)​ suffer genuine tragedies, but these are extremely rare and could happen for any number of other reasons.

    I know my eldest son has no regrets about his “serious” injuries. I also believe the qualities of discipline, hard work, humility and good sportsmanship that he has developed through rugby have helped to make him the fine young man he is.

    Regards

    Adrian Brown

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