Rugby is a sport that you can expect to have some level of violence; if you don’t like getting involved in violence, I suggest you find another sport. Something with little to no violence. As for us who play the sport, we need tough protective gear and that gear needs to be pretty darn good. The best football helmet and then some. A person spends a good amount of time dodging and getting tackled on the field. Protective gear should be worn to prevent serious rib or head injury. Ideas on what protective gear you should get is listed below.
Wear a mouthguard to protect your face and teeth you idiot. Yes, you are playing a sport like American football. But, you are going to get hit so many times in the chest and face. One hit to the body can cause your mouth to bite down on your tongue or crunch your teeth to hard down. I am not one to say rugby pain is very painful, but there is nothing in this world that hurts more then tooth pain. I remember when I had a broken tooth in the back, the pain caused me to be uncomfortable all hours of the day. Do yourself a service, put a mouthguard on that mouth and keep it in there when you play. You don’t want to know what tooth pain feels like. It will hurt more than a broken leg.
People talk about not needing a mouthguard to play rugby, but you need to think about what other things you have to do. Maybe you have to go to work tomorrow and you need your body in top shape. Maybe you have to move around a bit for the girlfriend or some social event. I don’t know what else you have to do, but you always got to be careful when you do something physical. Your body is needed to take care of other things you have to do in life. Don’t jump into a physical sport and forget that.
Wear One of Those Headgears
Rugby is a sport that involves tackling, so you got to have some type of head gear. Not any rag you see in bathroom that you decided to wear on your head. You need a American football helmet or a rugby helmet. Buy the best football helmet if you can afford. Headgear prevents ear infections and brain concussions. Did I mention you can also get your neck twisted on rare occasion? Wear the headgear and save your life. The brain can be fixed, but the intelligence will not be. You need the brain for that one job that requires you to think. Look like an idiot and put on one of those headgears.
Maybe Put On a Protective Vest Shirt
Optional, a person participating in rugby can war a shirt with added chest protection. A pad of cushion is placed on the center of your chest. Every time you hit the ground, your chest will be safe. Your chest will also be protected from getting elbowed. I can’t tell you how many times I got elbowed while playing rugby with some friends. It looks a little like Star Trek but you might need it. If you got friends that like to elbow and tackle on the rugby field, then you wear one of these. Comes in a nice black color. You won’t look too much like a nerd. Trust me, I wore one once. You are better protected when you wear a protective vest shirt.