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Heads Up! The Most Dangerous Sports Quiz
by Staff
Playing recreational sports is a great way to keep in shape at any age. Unfortunately, it's also a great way to end up in the emergency room. So what are some of the most dangerous sports in the U.S.? Some may surprise you.

Of the approximately 14.7 million ER visits in the U.S. during 2010, how many were sports-related?

  • 1.3 million
  • 4.1 million
  • 6.7 million

The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System tracks injuries for what governmental body?

  • the Consumer Safety Production Commission
  • the Government Accountability Office
  • the Occupation Safety and Health Administration

The NEISS is a statistical sample of approximately how many hospitals across the U.S.?

  • 100
  • 1000
  • 10000

What is the fifth-most dangerous recreational activity?

  • snowboarding
  • riding ATVs
  • soccer

ATVs became popular during which decade?

  • the 1960s
  • the 1970s
  • the 1980s

Between 1999 and 2008, ATV use increased by what percent?

  • 90 percent
  • 122 percent
  • 183 percent

In an undercover probe, officials found that how many out of every 10 dealers were willing to sell adult-sized ATVs for use by children?

  • 3
  • 7
  • 10

In baseball and softball, what is the most common body part to sustain injury?

  • the face
  • the hands
  • the ribcage

Of facial injuries in baseball and softball, what are 68 percent are caused by?

  • contact with other players
  • contact with the bat
  • contact with the ball

In baseball and softball, what percentage of people injured are boys and men?

  • one-half
  • two-thirds
  • three-fifths

Of all sports-related injuries, what category accounted for the most elderly ER patients?

  • rowing
  • racquet sports
  • exercise

In 2010, how many of the 382,970 people injured while exercising were elderly?

  • about 2 percent
  • about 8 percent
  • about 30 percent

What is the third-most dangerous sport in the U.S.?

  • football
  • snow skiing
  • hockey

While helmets are “great protection against a fatal skull fracture” according to one expert, what injury don’t they stop?

  • bulging eye disorder
  • concussions
  • scoliosis

What popular sport has the smallest percentage of women and girls injured?

  • rugby
  • football
  • boxing

What percent of horseback riding-related ER injuries happen to women and girls?

  • 99 percent
  • 62 percent
  • 37 percent

Of the 528,584 basketball-related ER visits in 2010, what percentage was from youths ages 15 to 24?

  • 33 percent
  • 49 percent
  • 72 percent

What’s the most commonly reported injury for basketball players?

  • torn ACL
  • sprains/strains to lower extremities
  • tattoo ink poisoning

What sport sends more people to the ER that any other?

  • swimming
  • boxing
  • cycling

Athletes who cycle off-road have a 40 percent smaller chance of what?

  • building muscle
  • getting injured
  • finding a date