February 7, 2017
One of Rugby Union’s big, international events – The Six Nations Championship – kicked off this weekend, and we’re looking forward to the great sport the event will offer through mid-March (the last competitions take place March 18).
I have a soft spot for rugby (union and league), though it is a sport I never played myself (a middle- and long-distance track runner, I would have been eaten up and spit out on the rugby pitch). I’ve lived at different times in southern Africa and New Zealand, where I was exposed to the glorious traditions of both Springbok and All Blacks rugby. And I did my sports medicine training under Dr. Lyle Micheli, whom many know played rugby well into his sixties. Inevitably, one gets to take care of plenty of rugby athletes when spending some time with Dr. Micheli.
Rugby is a sport that combines collision with endurance, fierce play with fluid movement. It is also a sport about which it has been written: “Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians.” I don’t intend on offending fans of soccer/football, but I do want to emphasize the special character of so many of the players, coaches, referees and others I see in the sport of rugby.
“Building character since 1886”: that’s how World Rugby, the sport’s international governing body states their mission.
Consequently I have become, over time, increasingly involved with USA Rugby and have written several of these CJSM blog posts on various issues related to the sport. My interest continues to grow.
This personal interest parallels the interest CJSM has in publishing research related to the sport. Read more of this post