Axial loading.
Posted by: woodywuss (IP Logged)
Date: 10 July, 2019 09:08

The rugby law makers are introducing a law, with immediate effect, to protect front row players from the increasing pressure being placed on the neck and spine areas. They are calling it axial loading and it will change the way the front rows engage.
Hopefully it won't go the way of the put-in and be enforced just for the first few weeks of the season.

Re: Axial loading.
Posted by: TeflonTed (IP Logged)
Date: 10 July, 2019 16:44

The detail.....the wording of the world rugby text:-

“Following a detailed discussion on the risks associated to front-row players’ necks during the scrum engagement process, the LRG also supported a proposed amendment to Law 19 (Scrum) that, if approved, will outlaw the practice of front-rows placing their heads onto opposition players’ shoulders between the call of ‘bind’ and ‘set’. It has been shown that this practice has resulted in potentially dangerous levels of axial loading on front-rows’ cervical spines. Given this issue has significant potential welfare implications, it will be actioned immediately.”

From “Recommendations made to further injury-prevention in rugby“

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