5 Most Hazardous Sports
When many people hear about hazardous sports they may quickly think of rock climbing or skydiving. But because of the dangers, very few participants are involved in such events at one time. But those sports that are usually the most dangerous will be the ones with many players within every level of skill. This pretty much demonstrates that the sport cannot be too hazardous if you are never taking part in it. It has been made very clear after investigating emergency room appointments and sports fanatic statistics that there is a more concentrated illustration of what hazardous sports are out there.
Baseball and Softball
During 2008 there were roughly 28 million Americans that were out playing baseball or softball, as the game just happens to be “America’s pastime.” Although ball players in these games are not running around as much as a football player or scrapping like hockey players, they do get their exercise through swinging those bats at the little hard balls that get thrown in their direction at spectacular velocities. There is a lot of recurring overhead arm use which puts a tremendous amount of tension on shoulders, elbows and arms to the point of injury. Should it be much surprise then that there are almost 300,000 ball players (1%) that end up in the ER passing the time away?
Much like the sport of basketball, soccer players put their bodies in danger quite often, as there is very limited safety gear to wear while playing the sport. Most of the game is spent running around and therefore the shin guards are only able to do so much. This is not mentioning the fact that soccer is the only sport that partially requires the player to pass the ball by using their heads. There was approximately 1.3% or 200,000 out of 15 million participants in 2008 that needed medical attention in the ER for their injuries from soccer. Foot fractures, joints and muscles all take abuse in this sport where kicking the ball and running around are commonplace.
Basketball doesn’t present its players with many safety gear options. Basketball players do tend to fall down as much as hockey and football players do only there are no helmets or pads for protection. During 2008 there were nearly 500,000 people that showed up in the ER thanks to their basketball injuries. There was a lower sum of individuals injured at 1.6% per 30 million people, but this number is high enough to rank basketball as the third most hazardous. Basketball requires a lot of quick pace which also involves stops, starts and bursts of speed for the player – resulting in strains and sprains. There are continuous knee, wrist and finger injuries as the result of playing this sport.
In America, hockey is not as popular as football, but during 2008 there were about 2 million people that played hockey and this rough and tough-hitting game put 3% of its participants into the ER. Concussions are very common in hockey as they are in football, and shoulder and knees are often also at risk of injury. Although ice hockey players are heavily padded, it still hurts to get body checked into the boards or when you collide with other players.
Within the year of 2008, nearly 10 million people were involved with tackle football and nearly 5% or half a million of those were put into the emergency room, in accordance with the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately such statistics cannot account much for those who have unreported recurring injuries later on down the road. Such statistics also are void of the indirect consequences of the game, such as heat exhaustion because of all the padding worn in such warm weather conditions. Serious concussions are very probably, as the game is all about contact in an extremely head-on nature. Such injuries of the knee, muscles and dislocated shoulders are also typical in football.