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Scared of getting a serious injury

Your Question

I want to try rugby. But I’m scared I might get a serious injury that could change my life.


Hi there, thanks for getting in touch with us!
First of all, it’s fantastic that you’re considering trying out rugby! It’s normal to feel a bit scared about starting something new, especially a sport as dynamic as rugby. Many people share your concerns about potential injuries, and it’s perfectly ok to feel this way.
Rugby, like any sport, does carry some risk of injury, but there are many ways to minimise these risks. Wearing the right gear, learning proper techniques, and following safety rules can significantly reduce the chance of getting hurt. Coaches and trainers are there to support you and ensure you play safely. Remember, taking precautions is a big part of playing any sport.
It’s also important to listen to your body and know your limits. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s ok to take a break and look for advice. Many athletes play for years without serious injuries by being mindful and careful. Plus, the benefits of playing sports – like improved fitness, teamwork skills, and making new friends – often outweigh the risks.
You are never alone in this journey. The Childline team is here for you, ready to support you and help you explore your options. Whether you’re looking for advice, someone to talk to, or more information about how to stay safe while playing rugby, we’re here 24 hours a day, every day.
Feel free to reach out to us anytime, contact-free, at 1800 66 66 66. You can also message us by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at We’re here to listen and help you through your decision, making sure you feel confident and supported.
Best of luck with whatever you decide, and remember, we’re always here for you; 24/7 for any reason.
Take care of yourself,

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