Injury statistics per sport, per 100,000 participants.
Don't let the fools confuse you. TENNIS In 2003, out of 100,000 participants, there were 1,228 injuries serious enough to require hospitalization. Other injuries, including those requiring a doctor's visit were 21,300 injuries, including sprains, strains, fractures, carpal tunnel, lacerations, torn skin.
SOCCER, a more violent sport In 2003, out of 100,000 participants, there were 1,232 injuries serious enough to require hospitalization. Other injuries were estimated at 30,000, sprains, strains, etc.
CHEERLEADING (like King George) In 2003, out of 10,000 participants, there were 219 injuries serious enough to require hospitalization. That is almost 2x the rate of soccer and tennis. (per 100,000 participants)
HUNTING In 2003, with multiple participants, throughout the entire nation, with more than four MILLION hunters, there were a total of 668 gun injuries, 1/5 of which were self-inflicted. That works out to be per 100,000 participants, that means 16.7 hunters were shot, 3 of whom shot themselves.
Anyway you cut it, Hunting is mainly done by people who are safe, highly trained, careful and who try to respect others. You know. People totally unlike Dick Cheney.
- - These figures were collated from Industry Intelligence Reports (hunting), medline (tennis and net ball statistics) and Sports Injury Bulletin. - -
The AP article is absolutely right to underscore the need for safety-trained coaches and proper equipment and practice areas but it also left me with a couple of thoughts, such as:
1) The numbers cited the sport as growing only 18% while injuries doubled, but are both numbers taking All-Star cheering into account? My guess is the first number would be higher if it was, the second number, however could be counting All-Star injuries from emergency reports since the doctors may not distinguish between school and elite private teams.
2) The article suggests that the number of injuries could be higher if teams are using trainers and private doctors to treat them. However the same could be said for other sports, so we may not get a clear picture of cheerleading safety as compared to other types of sports activities since the majority of cheer teams do not have access to trainers, hence most of their treatments are handled at ERs.
4. Oh we get hit from every direction.. "It's not a sport.. but it's too
Bottom line is: Real athletes wear skirts! (Seriously, I think a lot of our trouble stems from most people still having a subconscious idea that cheerleaders should still be wearing saddle shoes and poodle skirts. And yet I don't hear people say that women's lacrosse is too tough, even though _they_ often wear skirts.)
"Despite all the safety tips and training, hunting accidents are an unfortunate part of the sport. In Texas, there were 30 accidents and two hunting deaths last year, according to the state Parks and Wildlife Department. National figures kept by the International Hunter Education Association show 744 shooting accidents, with 74 deaths, in 2002, the last year for which figures were available. Twenty-six accidents involving quail hunting were reported.
The association estimates there are 15.7 million hunters who will spend about 250 million days hunting in the United States this year."
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