RUGBY UNION ADMINISTRATORS AND CARETAKERS… STOP BEING HOPEFUL AND TAKE URGENT ACTION, CHANGE THE LAWS!

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2021/11/rugby-tougher-head-contact-laws-seemingly-reduce-brain-injuries-claims-all-blacks-assistant-coach-john-plumtree.html

TO THE ‘WORLD RUGBY’ AND PARENTS… AND GRANDPARENTS OF THE ‘RUGBY WORLD’, RE: CONCUSSION ~ TBI ~ CTE ~ DEPRESSION ~ SUICIDE ~ ALZHEIMERS ~ PARKINSONS!

NZ Coach Plumtree just went through a lukewarm attempt to give a Public Relations announcement explaining his stance and of the NZRU and WR. Guys, this is nothing less than a cover-up, you have scientists and professionals ‘hired’ by World Rugby that know well (from the inner sanctum) that the only solutions are in the roots of The Law.

These inept and irresponsible people in positions of power (yet not responsibility) are delaying the corrective measures necessary to redress this scourge of people being maimed, and/or with permanent disabilities (quadriplegia, Schizophrenia, etc.)

Wanting your All Blacks to remain at the top of the rugby tree is understandable yet not justifiable. Being silent and protecting your own playing backyard? Is this fair play? Are these ethical principles?

To state my case clearly, one of your (true legend and ‘reluctant’ national hero) who was not treated kindly by ‘officialdom’ some years ago when he went to play in France, Carl Hayman is today showing you the effect of these pathetically endemic problems rugby union has had and not health with, since 1995. And you do nothing, do not act? And manifest your dissatisfaction? Well, I gather you are incredibly happy with The Laws and how the game is evolving towards ‘Rollerball’ or something even more sinister!

“PROFESSIONAL RUGBY UNION IS A FAILED EXPERIMENT”THE GRASSROOTS WILL TELL YOU WHY?

Amongst hundreds of players, the more publicised cases of Steve Thompson, Jeremy Cudmore, James Haskell, and Carl Hayman show a very ‘uncertain’ and ‘stressful future for them and their families.

Furthermore, A 28-year-old Argentinian player from Hurling RC died on the field four weeks ago. In Australia, in the last three years have had several broken necks, and another tragic injures,

Concussion and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) are living death sentences. The Class-Action cases list is GROWING (not decreasing at all). The Drake Foundation with the Imperial College from London are telling you the truth. Progressiverugby.com and the ISSF (iss-forum.net) have been flagging these issues for no less than two years.

RESEARCH STUDIES RESULTS

Dr Damian Bailey from the University of South Wales, and Dr Barry O’Driscoll have disclosed a mountain of information supporting my claims, which are OUR CLAIMS vs THEM (WR) – Does WR need the Pope or Queen Elizabeth to be told: “Cut the Crap”

BEING HOPEFUL (?) because some cosmetic changes have been done to address these symptomatology, only delay the consequences of repeated (personal historic) previous knocks, bumps (and concussions) which today do not show on the field or on video. This is a very delicate, slippery, and tricky disease!

WR must face the situation and change The Laws from the chore. The Rugby game/show/business must change at the chore by adapting it to the times we are living (2021). Dragging your tails, covering up, and pretending to be up to date with some cosmetics, re-arranging the chairs in your Titanic only aggravates and creates more problems. Get yourselves out of your comfort zone, hire professionals that can think outside the traditional and aristocratic 140-year-old square! –

For Christ’s sake let’s start 2022 from a ‘clean slate’…

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez (Triple Rugby union international | Wallaby and UK Barbarians Captain)

Founder & General Convener, ISSF (International Sports Sciences Forum) iss-forum.net

Sydney 05/11/2021

TSN Hockey Concussions and Steve Montador’s Father LONG Legal Battle for Justice!!!

https://www.tsn.ca/father-of-steve-montador-files-second-wrongful-death-lawsuit-against-nhl-1.1713358

TSN Hockey@TSNHockey · 11hThe father of the late Steve Montador, who has been embroiled in a six-year fight with the NHL, opened a new front in the legal battle by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the league. Story from @rwesthead: http://tsn.ca/1.1713358

AND SO GOES THE STORY! – The administration of sports (business) absolutely reject the need for intervention and overhaul of its Laws! – Well, I absolutely reject the notion that Laws cannot be changed. After all, they were made for a purpose, by (imperfect) men, they are not working so…

LET’S BLOODY FIX THESE BIG PROBLEMS… Let’s look at

  1. Soccer is working art reducing if not stopping the famous ‘header’
  2. If Hockey is about skill, Why these intemperate fights?
  3. If Cricket is also a ‘Gentlemen’s game, Why the bouncers?
  4. If Rugby is the ‘thinking’ men’s game, yet…
  5. Why the untimely and unwarranted shoulder charges and head knocks?

So on and so forth, every sport that is played on hard surfaces or with a hard-ball, even volleyball has problems of generating those repetitive TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries) all have inherent risks of higher proportions, blows to the head which is awfully close to the neck and spine.

Furthermore, regarding Positive or Negative attitudes we also need to bring up accountability for cit. Many injuries occur just because somebody decided to take a shortcut, whether being instructed by the coach or coaches, or just the player’s personal moronic initiative? – I dare say, the attitudinal problem would account for 2/3 of accidental injuries. Please do not quote me on this!

My big problem with all this is… the amount of time, money and effect spent/wasted with academia, scientists, inconclusive studies, lying studies, etc. etc. I argue that 50% of the money spent in professional interventions AFTER the accident or episode (whether diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, MUST BE SPENT IN PREVENTION. Why? Because focusing on Injury Prevention and Heath Preservation we will be able to prevent many bad accidents and several premature deaths. Thus we all are in a WIN-WIN-WIN situation. Please do not misinterpret or misconstrue my statement. All the professionals have a vital role t lay, nevertheless AFTER the episode. Yes, one of those uncommon commonsensical horse’s for courses!! – must be Melbourne Cup Fever (next Tuesday 2/11/21)

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

Founder & General Convener ISSF (iss-forum.net)

Executive Chairman, Wellbeing Leadership & Sport Pty Ltd

Founder and Principal Director, http://www.globalrugbyuniversity.com

Sydney 30/10/2021

HEAD or FOOT… BALL? THIS IS THE TIME!

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/the-times-sport/we-may-be-heading-into-a-future-with-pure-football/news-story/c978aa2cefc868c5be83005d92a069cb

THIS IS THE TIME!!!

When all stakeholders of Sports (The Game, The Show, and The Business) – Must come together, travel towards the same direction (save their particular sport from oblivion)!

A HARMONISED approach was called for by Ms Alexandra Veuthey (Libra Sports, Lausanne, Switzerland) in her PhD paper/thesis. There is no swerving, side-stepping, or sweeping hubris under the red carpet. Today Sports 2021 (with no exception) must take full responsibility for its own actions and in-actions.

It has been far too long since Administrators, TV and specialised global media has been blatantly ignoring their ‘DUTY OF CARE’ towards the athletes (the real performing assets of the Business of Sports).

Far too many young and old athletes, their families, and friends have been suffering from The Pleasure of Spectators and the benefit of JV Capitalists and other entrepreneurs’ benefits. Today PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS are rightfully (fighting the fight) concerned and alarmed about the prospects of their loved ones ending chronically disabled, or dead!

A real ‘grown-ups’ approach is the only way forward to preserve FIRST athlete’s wellbeing, and second the viability of global sports! – Sports are meant to have the LUDIC factor combined with health and wellbeing for the life after sports.

Some of you may remember the Universal Mantra… “Mens-Sana-in-Corpore-Sano”, and Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s exultation when advocating for FAIRPLAY!

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

Triple Rugby Union International (1971-1992)

CAPTAINED, Wallabies – Barbarians FC – Zebre XV – Argentine Provinces Selection – National University of Cordoba, Argentina.

Founder, www.iss-forum.net | www.globalrugbyuniversity.com | Leadershipcoachigs.com

The ERC Group | Wellbeing Leadership & Sport Pty Ltd.

RUGBY – LA PREVENCION DE LESIONES CATASTROFICAS, O LA DESIDIA INSTITUCIONALIZADA?

En respuesta al articulo publicado por Eduardo Garcia Saenz en Facebook, donde publica una carta/ archivo escrito en 2006 por el ex-entrenador de los Pumas 1982-1985 Dr Rodolfo O’Reilly (mundialmente conocido como ‘Michingo’ del Club Atletico San Isidro, ex Secretario de Deportes de la Nacion, Argentina). Yo juegue en su equipo en 1982 (poco) y en 1983 (mucho mas) cuando tuvimos la exitosisima Gira por Australia, donde ganamos 18-3 en Ballymore, Brisbane Estado de Queensland, EL PRIMER TRIUNFO EN EL EXTRANJERO CONTRA UN PAIS DEL TOP OCHO (8). [Antes que se me pase, 2 tries de scum]

Sr Garcia Saenz, su curiosidad periodistica inquisitiva, enfoca muy bien a este CUARTO OSCURO. Algunos estudiosos y bien informados podemos identificar las raices de estos problemas gravisimos y hasta catastrofiicos (muerte). Para simplifcar, en mi no-tan-modesta-opinion, utilizare una linda metafora, pero muy aguda.

“Si en nuestra propia casa, hace bastante tiempo que tenemos una gotera en el techo, Que hacemos? Bueno, creo yo, llamar a un experto, No? – Ahora bien si el techo lo revisa (con el debido respeto a estas ocupaciones/profesiones) una ‘modista’ y lo repara un ‘policia’?… a menos que hayan sido preparados como ‘techistas’, es imposible parar la ‘gotera’.

Si nuestra desidia y holgazaneria deja ese techo gotear por anos y anos, empleando ‘modistos y policias’ para PREVENIR y REDUCIR LAS LESIONES ESPINALES, tenemos consecuencias tragicas como las que viene teniendo el Rugby Argentino (UAR) desde 1998, cuando yo di una Catedra en Prevencion de Lesiones Cervicales y Espinales en el CENARD, invitado por Dr Luis Poggi, y Prof Educ Fisica Jorge ‘Yankee’ Braceras (con el patrocinio de la FUNDACION RUGBY AMISTAD, (recien formada 12 meses antes).

A posteriori, 13 anos despues, en 2011, les propuse cuando jugaron los Pumas en la Gold Coast, al Presidente, Vice-Presidente y otro Dirigente UAR del momento, formar una ACADEMIA INTERNACIONAL DE SCRUM CON UN ENFASIS EN LA SEGURIDAD EL JUGADOR! Sacos rotos, oidos tapados, bocas enmudecidas. A tal punto es la ignorancia que ni siquiera supieron COPIAR! – (Varios ex-Pumas en ese momento rechazaron mis ideas, aduciendo que en Argentina hay muchisimos expertos en el Scrum y esa idea era una redudndancia, no necesaria ??? Que tal como anda Argenntina en el scrum en los ultimos 10 anos?

Les pregunto hoy 2021, Cuantos accidentes pudieran haberse evitado con un Programa Nacional e Internacional (Profesional y Cientifico) para la Prevencion de Lesiones?

Sugiero y recomiendo, si la Decencia humana, el Espiritu del juego y los famosisimos Valores del rugby fueran ‘verdad’, todos los responsables de esta area de rugby Inseguro deben urgentemente hacer un paso al costado, HOY!!

A todos los padres y los abuelos (ambos generos) del Rugby Argentino, este es un llamado a la Cordura y Decencia en la administracion del rugby. A tal efecto Los invito a que visiten:

 www.iss-forum.net  y  www.globalrugbyiniversity.com donde un gran equipo de Expertos Cientificos Internacionales esta colaborando conmigo, desarrollando Metodologias para la Prevencion de Lesiones en el Rugby.

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

Triple Rugby Union International (1971-1992)

CAPITAN de: Wallabies | Barbarian FC Captain | Zebre XV | Seleccionado de Provincias Argentinas | Universidad Nacional de Cordoba RC.

[Autor Premiado con dos tesis, The ART of Scrummaging 1 y 2 | 2012 y 2015]

[Fundador y Coordinador General de ISSF y Global Rugby University]

Sydney 16/10/2021.

INTERNET HIDDEN WORRIORS or just VCB’s (Virtual Chicken Bullies)?

Dear SONJA,

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/oct/12/sonja-mclaughlan-says-social-media-abuse-wont-stop-asking-tough-questions?utm_term=de72f70561805d1f37fe3a01abda9104&utm_campaign=GuardianAustraliaSports&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=ausport_email

YOU ARE A LEADER! – Whether you or your detractors like it or dislike it, that is the truth, and so be it. Maybe you needed a few ‘bumps and bruises’, you got them, now up and up.

This may become a ‘crown’ you never looked for, or thought you’d wear, no time or need for complaints. In fact, I think these ‘growing pains’ will step by step make you an even stronger bigger woman and a serious empathetic LEADER. I’d like to share with you a phenomenal strategy/tool to overcome in spades the idiocy of social networks morons. (Some of us do not fall in that category). Years ago, I read a great ‘truism’ rule for peace in life. “What other people ‘think’ of us is none of our business”.

So, I encourage you to Go-for-broke, and I quote Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So, throw the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour and fill up your sails with the trade winds. Explore, Dream, Discover….”

Now, all that is too nice, please let me balance it a little bit…

FOR THE UNRULY AND ILL-MANNERED SOCIAL MEDIA ‘INFLUENCERS’ & CO, SAME THING, GO GET A LIFE!

AND TO PROFESSIONAL RUGBY UNION PLAYERS OF TODAY: YOU ARE JUST OTHER WORKERS WHO VERY OFTEN ARE OVERPAID FOR YOUR UNDERPERFORMANCES. AND ‘MORONIC’ COACHES AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE ON THE SAME “Gravy Train”. YOU BIG PEOPLE, BIG MEGA-STARS, SHOW UP – PERFORM – GET PAID – AND GO. IF YOU ATTRACT TOUGH QUESTIONS? SO, BE IT, MAN UP AND SHUT UP – This is part of your Entertainment Show, just another occupational hazard, ok?

All the absolute best to you and your family,

TOPO

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez
Triple Rugby Union International (1977-1992) Wallaby Captain, Barbarian FC Captain.
Founder and General Convener (ISSF iss-forum.net | http://www.globalrugbyuniversity.com)