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Golf is more dangerous than rugby. Oh, yes it is!

Next time anyone scoffs and says that golf is a leisurely, relaxing pursuit enjoyed by middle aged and older players to keep their joints supple, you can hit them with these facts.

According to research carried out by GolfSupport, playing a round is more dangerous than rugby – 66% of golfers compared to 61% of rugby players have sustained injuries. 

Football is the MOST dangerous sport of all with a whopping 71% becoming injured whilst playing, followed by basketball (69%) and hockey (68%)

The three safest sports are darts, rowing and cricket, with only 18%, 26% and 33% sustaining injuries respectively

Pic by Olga Guryanova. Rugby injuries are less than those sustained by golfers

The most common reason for sports injuries in the UK is another person’s carelessness (63%)

While professional sports players often sustain injuries, sports can be just as dangerous for those of us who play it for fun. Played as a pastime for many, the potential damage these sports can cause is often overlooked.

So which is the MOST dangerous sport to play in the UK? GolfSupport set to find out. Following their 2018 analysis of the official National Health Statistics Report on sports injuries, they surveyed 5,732 British sports lovers to discover the sports most susceptible to injury.

Which Sports Are Most Dangerous?

The most dangerous sport, chosen by 71%, is football. As the nation’s favourite sport, it comes as little surprise that millions of football-mad Brits will have sustained injury at some point.

Basketball is the second most dangerous sport, with 69% claiming injury. It’s fast-paced and dynamic nature means players are always required to be on their toes, increasing the potential for damage.

Pic by Hanson Lu. Football is the most dangerous sport in the UK

In third and fourth places are hockey (68%) and golf (66%) – in these shocking results, golf is shown to be more dangerous than rugby which sits as the sixth most susceptible to injury in the UK!

Regardless of the time or country it’s played in, golf remains a dangerous sport.

When respondents were asked to choose which sports they’d been injured in whilst playing, 71% chose football, crowning the sport as the most dangerous of all.

As the nation’s favourite sport, it comes as no surprise that millions of football-mad Brits have sustained injuries at some point in their lives.

Basketball is the second most dangerous sport in the UK, with 69% sustaining an injury whilst playing. The fast-paced and dynamic nature always requires players to be on their toes, explaining the high probability of getting hurt.

In third place is hockey, with 68% claiming injuries, and golf claims fourth! Whether it’s pain from the miss-hit of a driver, or being struck by a golf ball, a rate of 66% shows it’s not the laid-back sport many believe it to be, but maintaining a higher injury probability than rugby, tennis and cycling.

Other dangerous sports, which make up the top ten, include:

· American Football – 63%

· Tennis – 57%

· Badminton/squash – 57%

· Cycling – 55%

· Athletics – 50%

So if you want to avoid an impromptu trip to the hospital, play darts! Of those surveyed, only 18% claimed they’d hurt themselves, therefore making it the safest sport played in the UK.

Alongside darts, other safer sports include:

· Snooker/pool – 36%

· Swimming – 35%

· Cricket – 33%

· Rowing – 26%

When asked for the main causes for their injuries, most Brits cited someone else’s carelessness (63%). This was followed by:

· Self-inflicted – 47%

· Equipment/objects – 35%

· Nature of the game (e.g. contact sports) – 19%

· Lack of rules/safety protocols – 14%

And of the Brits that experienced injuries whilst playing, a whopping three in five (62%) required medical attention from a GP or hospital.

Finally, participants were asked for their opinion on who holds the most responsibility in ensuring safety in UK sports. Whilst 51% stated it is the individual’s duty, 40% thought it was down to the business or facility running it, and a surprising 9% believe the burden falls on the UK Government…naturally.

More info about the survey.

Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy
Employing her business skills, experience and love of writing all in one place.

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