I’ve watched a lot of American football. But I’ve only seen short clips of rugby games. It seems to me that the two games have a lot in common–i.e. big men running into each other at high speed. So why do rugby players have fewer injuries?
American football players wear lots of protective gear, and the rules of the game are carefully designed to minimize injury(no roughing the passer, no piling on after a tackle, no touching the punt kicker, no helmet-to-helmet contact.) But there are still lots of injuries, simply because two 250-pound objects hitting each other ,well,… hurts.
In a typical football game, there is one serious injury that causes a player to be taken off to the locker room, and maybe 5 other cases where a player has trouble getting up on his feet after a tackle, and then staggers off the field to rest on the bench for the next 10-15 minutes before re-entering the game.
Does this happen much in rugby?
Rugby players , I think, run faster, and hit each other just as hard or harder than football players. And the standard dive-across-the-goal-line-to-score-a-try involves a scary-looking (to me) thud when you hit the ground. How do they survive?