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Ryan Mauller

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Transcript of injuries

Football vs. Rugby
The Numbers
Force= Mass x Acceleration
The average NFL player is 6'2" and 248 pounds.
The average professional rugby player is 6' and 198 pounds.
Both have average top speeds of 19 and 20 miles per hour.
Based on the numbers, which sport is actually more
Sports Injuries
Sport specific stats
3.5 million injuries each year (only counting children/teen sports)
In the U.S. alone, 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports
Almost one-third of all injuries incurred in childhood are sports-related injuries
Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children and adolescents.
Most injuries occur during practice

Basketball. More than 170,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for basketball-related injuries.

Baseball and softball. Nearly 110,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for baseball-related injuries. Baseball also has the highest fatality rate among sports for children ages 5 to 14, with three to four children dying from baseball injuries each year.

Bicycling. More than 200,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries.

Football. Almost 215,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for football-related injuries, with nearly 10,000 of those hospitalized as a result of their injuries.

Ice hockey. More than 20,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for ice hockey-related injuries.

Collision sports
Football has highest amount of injuries (previous slide)
Football players also wear the most protective equipment.
Rugby players are not required to wear any equipment except a standard rubber mouth piece.
Why are there more injuries in football than rugby?
What was the difference between
the hitting styles of each sport?
Does one seem more violent than the other
Can pads compensate for the more violent hits
Do pads add a pyscological edge?
Which would cause more injury?
What about head injuries?
- Based on what we've seen the head is more removed from the hits in rugby.
- Does the head trauma tip the scale when it comes to danger in football?
Concussion numbers

- In the 2012 NFL season there was an average of 9 concussion every week
- In rugby there is an average of one concussion every 6 games among all involved players.
After Thoughts
-Knowing this now would you ever start playing football or rugby?
-Knowing this now would you continue to play football or rugby?
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