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
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.
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.
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.
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.