Sports Safety Facts

By design, some sports are more dangerous than others. Football is generally at the top of the list, as it has more human contact and is often played in hot and humid conditions. But with proper care, preparation, and a little common sense, many of these injuries can be prevented. Sports are fun and exciting and never going to go away, but sports injuries we can do without!

  • There were 3,800,000 brain injuries in tackle football players in the 2007 football season.
  • 62% of organized sports-related injuries occur during practices rather than games.
  • An Italian study demonstrated that mandatory ECG screening in young athletes led to an 89% drop in sudden cardiac deaths.
  • In the 2007 season, there were 4 direct and 9 indirect male fatalities related to football.
  • Children sweat less than adults, making it harder for them to cool off.
  • Overuse injury, which occurs over time from repeated motion, is responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle- and high-school students.
  • 33 football players died from heat stroke from 1995 - 2008.
  • One study showed that on a 98-degre day, the surface of artificial turf can reach 200 degrees. By comparison, concrete surfaces averaged 94-degrees and natural grass averaged 78-degrees.
  • Cheerleading causes the most injuries in high school and college girls.
  • Overweight athletes are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses.
  • Eating disorders are more likely to affect female athletes participating in gymnastics, ballet, and ice skating, where emphasis is placed on the participant's body weight.
  • An athlete with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy dies approximately every two weeks.
  • Heat stroke deaths in athletes are totally preventable with the proper precautions.
  • Players on artificial turf are more prone to muscle trauma, turf burn and turf toe.
  • Unregulated "herbal energy" drinks and supplements can cause the body to overheat, possibly contributing to heat-related deaths.

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