The autopsy of the young rugby player of Aurillac, who died following a shock Friday, August 10 during a friendly match, did not reveal the cause of death and additional analyzes were ordered. But today, rugby has become an increasingly dangerous sporting practice at a high level. And the main pathology remains the concussion.
The reform was already in the pipes. From this season, in Top 14 and Pro D2, the number of substitutions will go from 8 to 12 and the referee goes to be able to release a player who presents an obvious sign of concussion. It must be said that French rugby is going through a complicated period after the death of a young Aurillac player (21 years) in the locker room after three discomfort after a shock in a friendly on Friday 10 August.
200,000 concussions per year in Some Country in sport
“Rugby has evolved in terms of intensity, rigor, hardness. It is also due to the fact that one trains more than before. It is clear that traumatology has increased enormously in our sport “, testifies in Le Figaro Tchale-Watchou, president of the syndicate of the players who evolve in France.
it is estimated that there are approximately 200,000 concussions per year across all disciplines. Professor Jean-François Chermann, neurologist and specialist in this pathology believes in the columns of L’Equipe that “does not die of a simple concussion”. He especially points the major risk of a second impact within 15 days after the first!
However, on January 20, a young 17 year old player was found dead in his bed the day after a match. The autopsy had recorded the death following a traumatic brain injury.
Rugby remains a high-risk sport practice. And maybe even more so over the years. During the 2016- 2017 edition, 102 concussions were recorded, almost twice as many as the 53 cases of the 2012-2013 season. Figures that show that this sport of avoidance at the base became a sport of direct contact.
“The brain impact is very intense every time”
Another example is that of Jamie Cudmore who denounced the excesses of professionalism and the growing number of concussions. In April 2015, he himself was a victim during the European Cup semi-final against Clermont Saracens. The second-line who had failed to pass the concotion protocol (the test that is to get a player out to check if he suffered a concussion), was still returned to the field. Jamie Cudmore made his fight by creating the Rugby Safety Network with his wife.
“Today, the regulation and evolution of this sport that we love require that men over 100 pounds, running 100 meters in 11 seconds, get into it at full speed and accelerate even at the moment of confrontation. The brain impact is always very intense and leads naturally to diseases that we do not even suspect, “says neuropsychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik, an amateur oval balloon, in the columns of Midi- Olympique. He adds: “So, I know: the pressure of the stakes, the fact of making a living, the interest of being the strongest … But nothing justifies putting the players in danger as it is the case now. ”
Will rugby be more and more like football?
We remember that last January, Samuel Ezeala, for his first professional at 18 with Clermont- Ferrand, was going to make a name in the general public. Victim of a terrible contact with Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92), there will be long minutes on the ground. This shock had moved the whole of France and hit the headlines.
Will rugby become more and more like football, one of the most popular sports in the US, but which is more and more criticized for its dangerousness?
Today, new international rules could allow rugby players to take less risk. For example, by rehabilitating the pass, taking space and initiative, rather than telescoping that multiplies dangerous collisions.