When you hear the phrase “dangerous sports,” your mind immediately turns to things like auto racing or MMA—sports where fiery crashes and bloody faces are commonplace. But here’s thing: if you don’t play the sport, it’s not dangerous. And the vast majority of athletes out there in North America do not take part in auto racing or mixed martial arts. So if we’re talking about “danger” in sports, we’ve got to start with the sports people play most.
And so we did. Today’s list of the most dangerous sports weighs two statistics: the sheer volume of injuries per sport, and the percentage of participants in a given sport who sustain injuries.
As you would imagine, the percentage of MMA and boxing participants who sustain injuries is probably astronomical, but the number of participants is relatively small. So it isn’t on the statistical radar. And since it’s cold hard facts we’re after and not “gut feelings”—which are usually wrong—neither MMA nor boxing make the list. Machine gun freeze tag or machete soccer would also be extremely dangerous if such sports existed, but they wouldn’t make the list because so few people would play them.
What does make the list? Click “next” to find out.