We naturally assume that boxing is a dangerous sport because its purpose is to try to knock out the opponent. However, statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) indicate that the greatest number of visits to hospitals occur from basketball. Injuries from basketball include cut hands, sprained ankles, broken legs, as well as eye and forehead injuries. The large number of injuries may be due to the popularity of basketball. There are basketball hoops in many driveways and playgrounds. It seems so easy to bounce the ball around and shoot a few balls. It is the jumping and competitive aspects of the game that cause the injuries. Players collide, fall, hit each other accidentally, or land improperly after jumping and they get hurt.
Exercise is important for fitness, but we have to stay alert and keep safety in mind.