American Football Is Rugby for Wimps

Mikey RigbyContributor ISeptember 6, 2008

Every American loves American Football. It's a well-known thing, but if you think hard enough, it's for wimps!

You may think I am saying this because I am not American. But, when you compare Rugby to American Football, the main difference is that there is padding in one, but not in the other.

England has had a lot of success in rugby over the years, world champions and runners up just to name a few, but did you see the USA competing competitively in the WORLD championships?

Rugby players are allowed to wear modest padding on the head, but it must be sufficiently light. The head guard, also called a "scrum cap," is now commonly worn throughout all levels of the game.

Protective headgear, which is becoming essential because of the quantity of cuts and head injuries that can occur, particularly by the boots of players involved in rucking. Hard plastics or metals are prohibited in rugby kits. This includes hard plastic shin guards.

No form of metal is allowed in any rugby kit. An essential part of the safety equipment needed for rugby is the gum shield or mouth guard. Players also have the option to use fingerless gloves, which have been introduced recently to the game allowing players to better grip the ball.

American Football players wear much bulkier protective equipment, such as a padded, plastic helmet, shoulder pads, hip pads, and knee pads. These protective pads were introduced decades ago and have improved ever since, to help minimize lasting injury to players.

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An American football helmet consists of a hard plastic top with thick padding on the inside, a face mask made of one or more metal bars, and a chinstrap used to secure the helmet. An unintended consequence of all the safety equipment has resulted in increasing levels of violence in the game, which unprotected would be extremely dangerous.

In previous years, with less padding, tackling more closely resembled tackles in rugby union, with less severe impacts and less severe structural injuries.

Please do not think that I am destroying your heritage. But go play a man's sport.

No offense.

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