It seems that Allyson Pollock is at it once again as she writes another one-sided bias piece on the safety of playing rugby in school.
If you’re not too worried about your blood pressure you can read her stupid comments here. In essence Pollock is arguing that children should be banned from all contact sports without explicit permission from their parents after her ’11 years of extensive research’.
In the article Pollock makes outrages statements such as “As a doctor in clinical practice, I was taught that every injury ought to be avoidable and preventable” – sorry but how do you prevent someone out for a run tripping and grazing their knee or worse? How do you prevent squash/badminton players getting bad knees? How do you prevent bowlers in cricket getting worn knees/shoulders?
She goes on to claim that there is a one in six chance of a child picking up an injury playing rugby but fails to cover what range these injuries cover. It’s easy enough to claim a bruise here and a cut there as an injury in order to offer up sensationalist statements aimed at making headlines.
Unfortunately giving Pollock this kind of platform on which to air her agenda is damaging to the sport as a number of parents will read these bias statistics and be put off allowing their children to participate. Let’s instead see a full breakdown of her findings rather than one-off stories and sensationalised statistics so we can see the true picture.
There’s no doubt that there is an inherent risk of picking up an injury playing a physical sport such as rugby, but is it more dangers than say football where players regularly pick up injuries to legs, knees and ankles. Maybe instead all children should be encouraged to take up tiddlywinks?