Rugby – the dangerous sport you should remember (Part 2)

Unique gameplay

An American football team can be up to 40-50 people, divided into 3 small teams including attacking team, defensive team and mixed team or special team.

The 7 above rows of people include the center one standing in the middle, the two sides are two giant midfielders (guard), next to the two midfielders are two guys who undertake a big tackle, and the outside. are two wide receivers.

The quarterback will stand behind the pitcher. Behind the captain is midfielder (halfback or running back) or defender (fullback).

Two stoppers (tight-end) will stand behind between the catcher and the big butcher. Although they can use different compositions depending on the situation, the number of players in the top row must be a minimum of 5.

In terms of the basic rules of the game, the attacking team plays four times, and tries to get the ball 10 yards forward (each yard = 0.91 m). If after 4 plays but fail to reach 10 yards, the ball must be returned to the other team.

And your team will replace all the defensive players, and replace 11 attacking players, and your team does the opposite, replacing all 11 attacking players with 11 defensive players.

If there are 10 yards or more in those 4 plays, there will be 4 more plays. Like that, if the attacking team gets the ball to the opponent’s bottom line, it gets 6 points – called a “Touch Down” ball.

After each scoring, 7 points (Touch down) and 3 points (Field goal), the ball must be returned to your team, by kicking the ball from the center of the field towards the other team’s field. And it’s your team’s turn to attack, and your team to defend. There are two major football leagues in the US, the NFL (National Football League) and the College Football (College Football) professional league competing against each other.

Very dangerous

Because of the choking competition that comes from having to scramble every inch of land on the field, the game is very dangerous. The ballers are equipped with full-face helmets and armor, protective gear of all kinds that make them look like warriors in battle. 

The game is so dangerous that even US President Barack Obama has expressed concern over the extent of its violence right before this year’s Super Bowl. He once said that if he had a son, he would have to think “very hard and long” before he allowed himself to join the country’s most popular sport. He also said that this sport should be less violent.

Boston University of America has released a study showing the extreme danger of the collision, collision, acrobatics… in rugby. Professional players often suffer head injuries, the report shows, and they can cause serious long-term damage to the brain, also known as chronic brain injury. The report also said that out of 35 retired professional rugby players, up to 34 showed signs of brain damage.

So far, about 4,000 players have filed a lawsuit to the NFL because they received too many injuries from football matches.