As jsobecky pointed out and as I was going to point out in my origional reply... "The protective gear is the problem, however. A helmet or
shoulder pad to the side of the knee can cripple you for life. I think that is the difference between Rugby and American football."
Could it be that if the players wore less protective gear then the chance for injury by the equipment would be less?
Your correct with your view of AFL being a free flowing game, therefore the risk of an impact injury is greatly reduced in comparison too the style
and format of play in NFL and Rugby. The aim of the game in AFL is too keep moving and this is acheived through kicking and handbaling the ball over
long and short distances, in the NFL and Rugby... It is basically Shock and Awe!
If you look at the game of Rugby, they wear hardly any equipment, thin shoulder pads at the best, (I'm not Rugby literate) each of their plays are
seperate enities also, both teams line up and face each other, and the object is too crash through the opponents line and they get five goes at trying
too get to the "try line" in order too score. As a victorian here in Australia my game is AFL, if there was a NSW, or QLD'er or an English person
or Kiwi in here they could explain better the brutality of the game.
With that said, the amounts of injuries that these guys in Rugby receive can be pretty horrendous, though that is rare, the most common would be black
eyes, grazes and strains.
I feel that if they wore more equipment, then the injuries could be alot worse because the self conservative nature of a player that doesn't want too
receive a potentially season ending injury would be out of the window so too speak, though pure rage and anger in a competitive play usually leads to
these injuries anyhow as well as sacrifice. Would the game of NFL suffer due too the lack of the bulky equipment?
Just as a side question (has nothing too do with the topic but is asked out of interest more than anything and can be answered at anyones discretion).
With out all the flashy gear (and yes it is flashy, it really is impresive!) would NFL be as popular in American Culture as it is currently?
I understand that your thread is about knee protection, but could these injuries be a result possibly from other peices of equipment that have been
implemented as well as just the wear and tear from physical strain? and could the possibility of knee pads limit the mobility of a player too the
extent that would open him to potential injury?
BTW: Thats one very tollerent dog.
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