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(AP)   Problem: Five kids under 16 have died playing football in the last two months. NFL solution: Let's hire Dr. Oz to teach moms about safe tackling   ( divider line
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614 clicks; posted to Sports » on 30 Oct 2013 at 7:00 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-30 06:10:48 PM  
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Shame Us: Tellingthem: TuteTibiImperes: Tellingthem: Triumph: FTA: More than 25,000 football players from 8 to 19 years old seek treatment for concussions at emergency rooms every year.

That's just concussions. I wonder what the total number of ER visits from football is.

Maybe have a breakdown of all sports. I suffered a few injuries from football and had to go to the hospital. But I also had to go from sledding too. So for me sledding was as dangerous as playing football. Knocked myself out once from playing tug o war (Rope broke and I went flying into a piano). Hell busted myself up pretty bad crashing on my bike. Honestly being a clumsy uncoordinated kid meant that almost everything I did I would end up hurt, I never injured myself playing with lawn darts though...

This is what I found after a quick Google:

Comparing sports fatalities
Direct fatalities per 100,000 participants (measured from the 1982-83 academic year through 2002-03):

High school
Boys gymnastics 1.15
Boys soccer 0.11
Baseball 0.08
Boys wrestling 0.04
Boys lacrosse 0.48
Boys basketball 0.02
Boys hockey 0.37
Softball 0.02
Football 0 .31
Girls track 0.01
Boys track 0.18

All other sports had no deaths. Football had a serious injury rate of 0.73, third-highest below hockey (1.29) and gymnastics (1.15).

Women's skiing 7.98
Football 0.57
Men's lacrosse 1.79
Men's track 0.41
Baseball 0.63
Men's basketball 0.34

All other college sports had no deaths. Football had a serious injury rate of 5.18, behind women's hockey (11.66), men's gymnastics (7.33) and men's hockey (6.25).

So, surprisingly enough, you have a greater chance of dying or being seriously injured playing hockey or participating in gymnastics than playing football.

Kind of makes sense I guess except for womens hockey. How the fark do so many get injured when they aren't even allowed to check?

Interesting question. Better question - why aren't they allowed to check?

Maybe it has something to do with wearing the same pads through three periods.
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