This will be a post I’ll update frequently as I gather and compile new data.
When discussing injuries in any sport or activity, it’s helpful to compare the numbers to other activities.
Getting injured when you are active is simply a reality. Most of the time, injuries are simply accidents.
But journalists often write sensationalist titles for their articles covering new research showing “<some type of activity> causes <some percentage or statistic> of <some injury or negative effect>”. Actually, most journalists don’t even give a number in the title unless it’s scary.
If you want to see if a number is actually high, it’s more helpful to compare it to other numbers. So in this post, I’ll present some numbers for common sports and activities.
Again: this data will be updated frequently.
|Sports||Injuries (per 100 hours)||Reference|
|South African Rugby||0.70||1|
|Weight Training||0.0012 [1 injury per 85,733 hours]||1|
|USA Powerlifting||0.0008 [1 injury per 121,208 hours]||1|
|Weightlifting [=Olympic style]||0.0006 [1 injury per 165,551 hours]||1|
1. Brian P. Hamill, “Relative Safety of Weightlifting and Weight Training,” Journal of Strength Conditioning Research, Vol. 8, No. 1(1994): 53-57
2. Kauther MD, Wedemeyer C, Wegner A, Kauther KM, von Knoch M. Breakdance injuries and overuse syndromes in amateurs and professionals. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Apr;37(4):797-802.