Heads Up! The Most Dangerous Sports Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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Playing recreational sports is a great way to keep in shape at any age. Unfortunately, it's also a great way to end up in the emergency room. So what are some of the most dangerous sports in the U.S.? Some may surprise you.

Of the approximately 14.7 million ER visits in the U.S. during 2010, how many were sports-related?

About 4.1 million, or 28 percent, of ER injuries were related to sports and recreation.

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The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System tracks injuries for what governmental body?

The Consumer Safety Production Commission collects injury data reported at emergency rooms.

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The NEISS is a statistical sample of approximately how many hospitals across the U.S.?

About 100 hospitals are queried for NEISS national averages.

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What is the fifth-most dangerous recreational activity?

The use of ATVs sends more people to the ER (230,666 in 2010) than snowboarding or soccer.

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ATVs became popular during which decade?

ATVs were introduced on the market in 1971, and their popularity has skyrocketed since.

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Between 1999 and 2008, ATV use increased by what percent?

In less than a decade, the number of ATV riders spiked from 3.6 million to 10.2 million, or 183 percent.

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In an undercover probe, officials found that how many out of every 10 dealers were willing to sell adult-sized ATVs for use by children?

Seven out of 10 dealers were willing to sell larger ATVs for children's use, a major contributor to injuries.

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In baseball and softball, what is the most common body part to sustain injury?

The face is the most common place to sustain an injury in baseball and softball.

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Of facial injuries in baseball and softball, what are 68 percent are caused by?

Ouch. Direct contact with the ball causes the majority of facial injuries.

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In baseball and softball, what percentage of people injured are boys and men?

About two-thirds of all injuries playing ball happen to men. That includes softball (rec leagues can be brutal).

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Of all sports-related injuries, what category accounted for the most elderly ER patients?

More elderly people reported they were exercising (such as walking, jogging or using gym equipment) when they were injured.

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In 2010, how many of the 382,970 people injured while exercising were elderly?

About 8 percent (31,931) of people injured while exercising were ages 65 and older.

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What is the third-most dangerous sport in the U.S.?

Playing toss with the pigskin injures more people than hitting the slopes or the ice.

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While helmets are “great protection against a fatal skull fracture” according to one expert, what injury don’t they stop?

Helmets cannot stop your brain from jiggling inside the skull on impact, which can lead to a to concussion.

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What popular sport has the smallest percentage of women and girls injured?

Only about 5.5 percent of ER visits while playing football were women (compared to 29.5 percent in rugby and 10 percent in boxing).

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What percent of horseback riding-related ER injuries happen to women and girls?

About 62 percent of horseback riding ER injuries (43,023 of 68,870) happen to women.

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Of the 528,584 basketball-related ER visits in 2010, what percentage was from youths ages 15 to 24?

About half, or 49 percent, of injuries happened to teens and young adults playing basketball.

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What’s the most commonly reported injury for basketball players?

About 30 percent of basketball-related ER visits are sprains/strains to the legs or ankles.

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What sport sends more people to the ER that any other?

The most dangerous sport in the U.S., based on number of ER visits, is cycling.

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Athletes who cycle off-road have a 40 percent smaller chance of what?

Cycling is so dangerous because of other vehicles, like those weighing a ton and traveling about 60 miles (96.56 kilometers) an hour. As a result, those athletes are less likely to get hurt.

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