Many people have spoken of having to to look a way sharply after a tv viewing of the tackle against Alex McKinnon by Jordan McLean in the Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights clash last night.
With the Newcastle player’s career now over and Alex possibly facing (at the very least) months, possibly years of rehabilitation, reports confirmed that discs had been removed at C4 and C5 vertabrae after undergoing emergency surgery.
A truly horrific and devastating injury has had many asking…Is rugby just too dangerous?
Now, year on year in leagues in Australia and other rugby playing countries across the world, serious injuries are very prevalent and in Australia parents are thinking twice before putting their children into rugby.
Soccer is now growing massively in youth participation in Australia and one of the main reasons is that mums and dads (despite many loving League or Union) are choosing to put their children into soccer programs or clubs.
There are of course injuries in soccer but they tend to be strains rather than breaks and spinal injuries.
Soccer offers both great fitness and a great way for children to make friends, understand sportsmanship and learn teamwork, while having great fun.
Over the years Galaxy Soccer has been running, we hear time and time again of parents choosing soccer over such sports as rugby purely because of the injury risks. Many parents like the idea of starting off in soccer and perhaps playing footy later on, once their children’s bodies are formed more and can take impact.
Participating in any sport is something we highly encourage at Galaxy Soccer and can understand why a lot of parents put their children into our programs at a young age and perhaps try rugby when they are a bit older.
Our wishes go out to Alex and we wish him a full, speedy recovery.