Tackling in Children’s Rugby

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Tackling in Children’s rugby

“Teaching proper tackle technique is imperative to allow players to be successful and run a low risk of injury”                                                                                                            Hendricks and Lambert, 2010

Many youngsters enjoy rugby, especially playing rugby. Tackling in rugby is an art form, that when performed correctly can allow the smallest players on the pitch to stop the largest. Rugby is a physical game and a contact sport. Yes, the players get injured. Just as they do in athletics, gymnastics, horse riding, soccer, and indeed virtually every sport. What can be done is to teach the child the skills necessary to minimise that risk?

By teaching children the right way to act in contact situations, will help keep them safe and provide them with the tools to play effective defence in rugby. Focusing on correct positioning becomes pointless if players don’t know what to do when confronted by the ball carrier. Research suggests that concussion is reduced by increased competence in completing the tackle; so the better you are at the skill, the safer you will be.

Children who are taught correct technique from a young age are more likely to retain safe tackle behaviours and it helps children of all sizes feel confident that they can take the ball carrier down, regardless of the ball carrier’s physique. This helps to reduce injury rates, and makes the sport safer at all levels of the game. Correct head placement, using the shoulder, and driving the legs in contact have all been found to be technique factors associated with a reduced risk of a concussive tackle. Tackle with your head up instead of down, away from contact and to the outside and be aware at all times of the position of your head. […]