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As crazy as it may seem, boys need physical contact as a form of affection. How often do you see boys rumbling in the back yard, wrestling in the school playground? More to the point how often do you see girls doing the same?

Obviously boys and girls are different and they both need affection, however, in different forms. Girls are more drawn to cuddling and hugging, while boys will more than likely turn the cuddle into a squeeze followed by a wrestle. Sound familiar?

Boys will generally rumble with their friends and peers at any given opportunity. I see it with my 9 year old son all he wants to do is rumble, tackle or push me, and that is in an affectionate way. My daughter loves to be held in my arms and my son likes to wrestle his way out of my arms.

Call me biased, but doesn’t that make rugby a great outlet for boys? The back yard is actually more dangerous than the rugby field. How often do you see or hear of young boys injuring themselves in the back yard? More often than on the rugby field. Why?

Because rugby is a controlled environment, in which coaches and referees are on hand to reduce the chance of injuries. The players are taught how to play the game, how to fall and how to tackle correctly. The variability and unseen dynamics of the back yard are far less controlled and considering boys will naturally graduate to physical contact isn’t better if they get their fix on the rugby field?

The channels of contact in rugby are gradually introduced along with the other co-ordination skills needed for the sport. The players are coached through the safety aspects and the correct techniques reducing the chances of injury. Injuries are inevitable in every sport and with good management they can be reduced.

So as crazy as it may seem the rugby field is actually a safer place for physical contact than the back yard. Correct me if I am wrong!!

Jason Grier | Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


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