Injuries in any sport are part and parcel of the sport, however recent concussion related knocks in rugby have fanned the flame of discussion - head nod to Johnny Sexton, pardon the pun.
Seems like the news and media just can't seem to get enough of the latest story about how concussions in rugby are at an all time high. In fact, bubble ball football has gotten an enormous amount of attention from it, however there's a couple things to note about participating in any full contact sport.
Whether you're talking rugby injuries, injuries in football, or any other sport for that matter, there's always a risk for injuries. While injuries related to bubble football are not concussive by nature, there's always a risk for torqued knees or twisted ankles no matter what the sport. This is why as a company, we typically limit the amount of hits to the back and hits when a player is not going after the ball, it dramatically reduces the risk of injury from a player getting hit when they are not expecting it.
As a company, we've taken a page out of the NFL's playbook in one respect regarding initial kickoffs. As a summary, in 2011, the NFL instituted a change that reduced the kickoff spot distance and the amount of a running start the kicking team can get during the kick. The result, depending on the source, is anywhere from a 13%-40% reduction in player concussions and an even higher reduction in overall player injuries. Why? Less kinetic energy exerted on players.
Rugby seems to have addressed concussion issues in a different light. Limiting a players chances to reappear on the pitch after a clash to the head is up to the team doctor. This action does not address the chances of initial concussion. It seems the powers that be in rugby have seen the NFL TV ratings since they brought in their new rule. Excitement will always trump player safety.
If the NFL is willing to admit the danger of high-speed impact during initial kickoffs, then our company is no different. We start all of our games differently then from the viral videos of bubble soccer commonly seen on the internet.
As the sport continues to grow and as more and more players are participating, we anticipate minor injuries to rise, but the risk of any major injuries in the sport to remain low based on a number of quality control factors: 1) equipment quality 2) procedures and 3) gameplay. We feel as a company that the regulation of these three factors will ensure the continued track record of bubble football being a low risk sport if offered under the auspices of our companys official rulebook.
Hope this article was helpful in showing how safe bubble foot ball is with our company.