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Prime Time Segment Highlighting Dangers Of Rugby Receives Mixed Reactions

Prime Time Segment Highlighting Dangers Of Rugby Receives Mixed Reactions

The repercussions of heavy hits in rugby have been widely acknowledged, it's fair to say.

But is the rugby community reacting efficiently to startling trends?

The severity of impacts on the head has provided us with startling evidence, especially regarding young people playing the game. But have we been able to remedy the serious injuries trickling into the game at underage level?

This prompted RTÉ Prime Time to broadcast an in-depth report on the physical impact of the game on young people.

Although speaking to various parents and youngsters affected by concussion, the programme's content received mixed reviews on social media.

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Some believe the investigation portrayed the sport in a negative light.

Others, conversely, believe it's a topic that needs to be covered more often amidst all the existential dangers.

The increasing size of teenagers playing the game, it was argued, has led to more serious head injuries. Furthermore, this has led to a number of young deaths relating to on-the-pitch incidents.

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Others believe extremely drastic action is needed in order for young people to remain protected.

But not everyone was convinced by the reportage.

Some social media users argued that participation in team sports should be encouraged. And such reports, they believe, amounts to fear-mongering.

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The spotlight should also be placed on other sports, it was suggested. With concussion a theme across a vast range of sports, some felt rugby shoulders too much of the burden when it comes to coverage of the issue.

Then, with all the negative coverage, could rugby be reduced to a non-contact sport? If so, should other sports follow?

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