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06-13-2014, 01:45 PM
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Where does hockey rank among the most dangerous professional sports

Lets leave it at main stream sports, we can leave things like free climbing and jai alai out of this. The criteria is based on likelihood of a serious injury( broken bones, severe concussions, paralysis, death) . I think hockey ranks right near the top of the list due to the speed, contact and the fact that theres no out of bounds. These are my ranking with the top being the most dangerous

Boxing
Football
Hockey
Nascar
Horse Racing
MMA
Lacrosse
Rugby
Basketball
Soccer

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You can put motorcycle racing at the top of that list. Isle of Mann TT ...

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doesn't baseball have the most injuries of all the professional sports? Granted it's because pitchers blow their arms out on a daily basis, but still.

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doesn't baseball have the most injuries of all the professional sports? Granted it's because pitchers blow their arms out on a daily basis, but still.
a broken pinky can sideline a baseball player for weeks.

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a broken pinky can sideline a baseball player for weeks.
Yep, a la Bryce Harper. When it comes to life-altering injuries or even death then obviously the motor sports are up there first, then extreme sports like snowboarding or skeleton, then boxing, then football, then hockey.

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Isn't Rugby essentially football without pads? How is Rugby lower than Football?

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Isn't Rugby essentially football without pads?
Nope.

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MMA is less dangerous than playing hockey.

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Professional cycling should be up there. Lots of opportunities for broken bones and concussions. Occasionally even worse.

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Folks get their necks slashed playing hockey so...

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Well people have died in boxing...

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Well people have died in boxing...
people have died playing hockey as well...

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Isn't Rugby essentially football without pads? How is Rugby lower than Football?
Rugby is similar to football in some ways, and different in others. Essentially you could say rugby is american football without pads, but I guess some fans of the sport will disagree.

An article describing the differences.

Also a wikipedia article going into deep detail of the differences between the two.

And finally a visual example of the two.

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How is TENNIS not on the list. Have you ever had tendinidous? It's so irritating.... /thread

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You can put motorcycle racing at the top of that list. Isle of Mann TT ...
Motorsports take this pretty easily just because of the physics involved.

But I don't consider them sports in the classical sense. Sport is pitting one human or group of humans against one another in physical contest.

Not that it doesn't take loads of skill, but the machines matter as much as the people commanding them.

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Soccer seems pretty dangerous, I'm currently watching the world cup and guys are going down like flys! scary!

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Isn't Rugby essentially football without pads? How is Rugby lower than Football?
Rugby and American football are actually about as similar as soccer and handball. Yes, some of the mechanics of the game are similar, but they each have a completely different set of rules.

The reason football is so dangerous is because of the pads. They make you feel invincible, so, you get big hits, which lead to more concussions, knee, back, neck, shoulder, etc. injuries. There's also a lot more head on collisions (two guys running in directly opposite directions), because of the nature of the game.

In rugby, you get shorts and a shirt. Generally, the ball gets thrown laterally, so there is a lot of running from sideline to sideline. Tackles are less head on, and more perpendicular. So, you might still get kneed in the head, or have someone stomp on your hand during a scrum, but the impact of the hits isn't nearly as brutal.

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Motorsports take this pretty easily just because of the physics involved.

But I don't consider them sports in the classical sense. Sport is pitting one human or group of humans against one another in physical contest.

Not that it doesn't take loads of skill, but the machines matter as much as the people commanding them.
Fair points and don't disagree. The machine matters for sure. The OP had NASCAR on the the list so I figured I'd up the Motorsport ante and throw in motorcycles. IoM averages about 2 deaths a year.

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Fair points and don't disagree. The machine matters for sure. The OP had NASCAR on the the list so I figured I'd up the Motorsport ante and throw in motorcycles. IoM averages about 2 deaths a year.
As well as Formula 1. Those guys are crazy.

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doesn't baseball have the most injuries of all the professional sports? Granted it's because pitchers blow their arms out on a daily basis, but still.
Since he is asking the most dangerous and not the most injury prone sport, I would take seriousness of injury into account, i.e. a sprang ankle in basketball game is not equal to dying in a NASCAR accident.

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Colombian football ... score an own goal and they shoot you.

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Colombian football ... score an own goal and they shoot you.

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football in general. they look like they got shot whenever they get touched anyway

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As well as Formula 1. Those guys are crazy.
Sure, but modern F1 cars are actually really safe, as are the tracks. A chance for a horrible accident is always there when moving at 200mph+, but compared to bikes it's relatively safe. There hasn't been a driver fatality in 20 years (last one was Ayrton Senna, May 1st 1994. Roland Ratzenberger also had a fatal accident in qualifying for the same race).

As for my answer... probably snowboarding or downhill/super-G. That stuff is absolutely insane. Hockey is definitely up there though, even with all the modern gear making it safer there's still 10 guys + refs + goalies at the same time on a rather small ice surface, moving at high rate of speed, hitting each other on purpose and shooting a vulcanized rubber disk at nearly (or sometimes over) 100mph. Add the fact that they're wearing sharp blades on their feet and you got a recipe for something dangerous.

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Below the ones that involve punching other people in the face and any form of motor racing where you aren't held in place on or in the vehicle, above everything else.

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