How safe is taking up rugby for a 30 year old?
September 5, 2013 4:40 PM Subscribe
I'm considering joining my college's rugby team, but I really don't want to get any serious or permanent injuries. Also, I'm in my early 30's, and basically everyone else is under 24 (if this might matter). I've been to practice, and it does not seem too bad, but in my mind, rugby = scary dangerous. Is it possible to play rugby and not get too hurt?
posted by davidstandaford to health & fitness (14 answers total)
I would be happy to accept that rugby isn't right for me, but it's been a lot of fun so far, and I would like to keep doing it if this isn't a dumb idea. How likely is it to be able to play rugby for the year without doing any serious damage to myself? Are there any tips about ways to stay injury-free while playing?
I don't mind any bumps/bruises/soreness etc., I just want to avoid a torn ACL or messed up ankle or anything else that might be permanent or put me out of commission for the year. I've played plenty of other sports growing up, although nothing that compares to college rugby.
This is America/the National Small College Rugby Organization. I'm not sure how many matches I'll be going to, so I'm mostly wondering about practices (although I think our scrimmages at practice are supposed to be similar to how we play in games).
Any thoughts or advice would be great. I've seen this question
and this question