Quick now: What sport has the most injuries in the U.S.? Football? Boxing? Xtreme whatever? Skiing? Skydiving? Fighting?
Here's a list I found from a 2006 study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that includes the number and types of injuries:
- 529,837 Basketball - Cut hands, sprained ankles, broken legs, eye and forehead injuries.
- 490,434 Bicycling - Feet caught in spokes, head injuries from falls, slipping while carrying bicycles, collisions with cars.
- 460,210 Football - Fractured wrists, chipped teeth, neck strains, head lacerations, dislocated hips and jammed fingers.
- 275,123 ATVs, Mopeds, Minibikes - Riders of ATVs were frequently injured when they were thrown from vehicles. There were also fractured wrists, dislocated hands, shoulder sprains, head cuts and lumbar strains.
- 274,867 Baseball, Softball - Head injuries from bats and balls. Ankle injuries from running bases or sliding into them.
- 269,249 Exercise, Exercise Equipment - Twisted ankles and cut chins from tripping on treadmills. Head injuries from falling backward from exercise balls, ankle sprains from jumping rope.
- 186,544 Soccer - Twisted ankles or knees after falls, fractured arms during games.
- 164,607 Swimming - Head injuries from hitting the bottom of pools, and leg injuries from accidentally falling into pools.
- 96,119 Skiing, Snowboarding - Head injuries from falling, cut legs and faces, sprained knees or shoulders.
- 85,580 Lacrosse, Rugby and other Ball Games - Head and facial cuts from getting hit by balls and sticks, injured ankles from falls.