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Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic and life-changing injuries are rare, but when they do happen the effects are devastating. The physical force behind tackles and scrums can be massive - if something goes wrong, a player’s life can be altered forever by a split second neck or spinal injury.

The challenges facing players in these circumstances are wide-ranging, and not just limited to the trauma of the injury itself. Along with losing the game they love, players can face high medical costs, painful rehabilitation, depression, loss of income and an uncertain future.

Restart Rugby can help with the cost of long-term specialist medical treatment, and equipment or home improvements to assist with rehabilitation and disabled access. As well as financial help, we are also there when players and their families need emotional support in coming to terms with the shock and implications of a sudden life-changing injury.

Andy Blyth

Andy Blyth

Ten years after being told he might never walk again, England A and Sale Sharks player, Andy Blyth, went on to climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds for other injured players.

Matt Hampson

Matt Hampson

England U21 and Leicester Tigers player, Matt Hampson, didn’t let a horrific spinal injury stop him from getting on with life and helping others face a similar challenge.

Alex Bennett

Alex Bennett

Former England A and Saracens player, Alex Bennett, suffered a broken neck when he stepped in at the last minute to help out his local team.