Three Essential Protective Gears in Rugby

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Protective Gear

A certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Anthony Perrone, MD, has accumulated over 10 years of medical training and experience. During his days as a medical student, Dr. Anthony Perrone played rugby, and has continued to follow the sport.

Rugby’s violent nature requires players to wear protective gear. Some of the sport’s essential gear includes:

Mouth guard – Players often get elbowed or hit in the mouth while playing, causing them to bite down on their tongues or sustain shock in their jaws. A mouth guard not only prevents these injuries from happening, but also thwarts players from biting their opponents out of adrenaline, saving them from penalties.

Headgear – Softer than a football helmet, rugby headgear reduces the impact a player sustains when getting hit. Because rugby is a collision sport, head injuries are common. Headgear also prevents players, specifically rugby shorts, from having their ears grazed.

Protection vests – The upper bodies of rugby players receive much abuse from all the pounding and collisions. Protection vests feature light pads that absorb impact. They also protect the skin from abrasions. However, most players prefer wearing protection vests during practice only, since the extra padding can inhibit their agility.


Alpha Omega Alpha Recognizes Medical Professionalism

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Alpha Omega Alpha


Anthony Perrone, MD, cultivated a career in medicine by pursuing pharmacy as his pre-medical degree. After completing his pre-medical program, Dr. Perrone attended Dartmouth Medical School, where he spent five years obtaining a doctor of medicine degree. In the same school, Anthony Perrone, MD, became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor medical society with a commitment to the healing profession. Founded in 1902, the society elects about 3,500 members each year, and has admitted over 150,000 members since its inception. Alpha Omega Alpha also supports several programs for students and faculty, at educational institutions with existing society chapters.

One of the Alpha Omega Alpha’s programs, the Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award, recognizes medical programs in schools and institutions for their professionalism in medical education. Nominated programs should display sustainability and effectiveness in their teaching practice, as well as be duplicable to other medical establishments. The recipient of the award receives a cash gift of $10,000. Awardees of the 2017 Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award will be declared on June 15, 2017.