The recent deaths of four French American football players are an “extraordinary increase,” according to Brett Gosper, Executive Director of World Rugby Association when presents an injury prevention plan for the players of this sport in 2019.
The above plan is specifically aimed at reviewing the tackle height regulations (height allowed to be prevented) to reduce vibration for players.
The noticeable statistics
According to statistics, young players Louis Fajfrowski (21), Adrien Descrulhes (17), Nicolas Chauvin (18 years) and Nathan Soyeux (23) all died after being injured on the pitch. “We are heartbroken because of a series of fatal accidents,” Mr. Gosper told AFP in an interview.
“For us, it’s a very unusual surge. Occasional deaths still occur in American football, as well as in all sports, antagonistic or non-antagonistic. However, we certainly never had to witness a series of such deaths” – said Mr. Gosper.
After the death of the young player Chauvin, Mr. Gosper and World American football President, Bill Beaumont, went to France to meet with officials of the federation and the government. “We have reviewed all of our terms,” said World American football executive director.
The French Rugby League (FFR) and the French Football Association responded by asking World American Football to consider banning many players from taking part at the same time and lowering the height allowed to block from the shoulder down to the waist. Accordingly, World American Football has agreed to accelerate the four-year law cycle, in which member associations propose changing ideas, and France will hold a symposium on injury prevention for 2 days 19 and 20.3, with the participation of health professionals, coaches, and technical experts to promote “building welfare rules for players rather than building meaningful laws for the welfare of players “.