Playing Rugby Improves Health and Builds Character

Since 2012, Christian O’Meara has served as chief executive officer of Seattle, Washington-based Logic 20/20, recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Firms by Consulting Magazine. He is a fond supporter of rugby, a sport he’s been playing ever since he was 11 years old. Christian O’Meara has written several articles explaining and revealing how the sport has enhanced his personal and professional life.

Like most sport team games, rugby helps people get a sense of usefulness and belongingness within a team. Serving a purpose, working towards a goal with a team builds character and humility. Winning becomes more valuable as a result of a team effort. Requiring a high degree of preparation and training, rugby also helps players become disciplined and resilient to keep going no matter the costs and suffering.

As a high contact sport, rugby builds strength and improves flexibility. Rugby develops upper body strength as well as muscular strength and leg muscles. Furthermore, it increases the body’s cardiovascular system and bone density, making the heart and the lungs stronger and stimulating calcium. An improved bone density makes someone less likely to develop osteoporosis.