Originally Posted by OldRightHander
I read a piece last year and now I can't find it. It mentioned the injury rates in rugby and football. There aren't nearly the numbers of serious injuries in rugby because of the lack of pads. It seems that the players know they're not protected so they tackle accordingly while all the padding gives football players a false sense of security and they hit much harder because of that. I'll try to find the article.
There was an article in the WSJ a couple of years ago about someone advocating the football be played without helmets to crack down on vicious hits.