If you’ve ever watched a rugby match, you may have noticed some players wearing what appears to be a padded helmet. This piece of equipment is known as a scrum cap 🏉.
A large number of players opt for the use of the scrum cap, each with their own unique reasons. The primary function of these caps is not necessarily protection from impact – contrary to popular belief – but rather serves other purposes in the game.
The design and construction material make it lightweight and comfortable for players. It’s made up predominantly from thin padding that covers the player’s ears and head. While this provides minor shock absorption, its main purpose isn’t to prevent serious head injuries like concussions – which are unfortunately common in contact sports such as rugby.
One major reason why many athletes choose to wear them is due to the ear protection they provide. Rugby can often involve heavy grappling and clashing between players which puts one’s ears at risk of injury or even permanent damage such as ‘cauliflower ear’. A condition resulting from repeated blows leading to blood clots that could potentially deform the ear if left untreated.
Another advantage lies within its grip properties; having something covering your hair can help manage sweat during an intense game preventing it from running into your eyes or making your hands slippery when handling the ball- thus improving overall performance on field!
Scrum caps also offer an additional layer against abrasions or cuts caused by incidental contact with other player’s boots, studs, teeth etc., reducing chances for infections afterwards too!
Some athletes prefer them simply because they feel more confident playing while wearing one; others might do so out respect tradition since early days rugby where everyone wore similar protective gear despite advancements technology now available us today
Remember Springbok Cheslin Kolbe? He was famously seen sporting his signature scrum cap during matches adding certain level style uniqueness sport otherwise dominated bare-headed counterparts
In conclusion though there seems consensus among professionals spectators alike – scrum caps are here stay. They’ve become integral part rugby culture worldwide, whether it’s for protection, performance enhancement or just personal preference.
So next time you find yourself watching a game of rugby and see players with these distinctive head covers, you’ll know exactly what they’re for! Enjoy the match!