Concussions By Sport

Concussions are not exclusive to American football, although it is the most covered sport as it relates to concussions.  This is a good time to note that in the United States the next most concussive sport, is soccer, the number one sport in the world.

A reasearch project by University of North Carolina reported concussion rates by 100,000 athlete-exposures and separated it into sports here is what the list showed;

  1. Football
  2. Boys Soccer
  3. Girls Basketball
  4. Girls Track
  5. Girls Soccer
  6. Baseball
  7. Softball
  8. Boys Track
  9. Boys Basketball
  10. Wrestling
  11. Cheerleading

Although I would never disagree with subjective stats and a solid research project, empirically this is not the trend we see at the high school level.

Purely on experience and ad hoc observations it would be more like this;

  1. Football
  2. Girls Soccer
  3. Boys Soccer
  4. Girls Basketball
  5. Cheerleading/Gymnastics
  6. Wrestling
  7. Boys Basketball
  8. Baseball
  9. Softball
  10. Boys Track
  11. Girls Track

The moral of the post would be no matter what sport you are associated with concussions are a real danger.  But don’t limit your expectations to just sport.  When kids are fooling around in the backyard and “bump” their head you may need to remember all this information.

5 thoughts on “Concussions By Sport

  1. Craig French December 8, 2010 / 07:31

    Excellent topic, thank you for posting this. Glaring omission from both lists: ice hockey. If this is truly per 100,000 players it begs credulity that hockey is not in the top 10. Perhaps there is a reporting bias in the data?

  2. Craig French December 8, 2010 / 07:44

    I realize this is a stretch, but if we use te number of your posts by sport as an anecdotal proxy for empiric evidence, the ice hockey TBI incidence rate would be second only to football, twice the rate of military and six times the rate of basketball.

    • Dustin Fink December 8, 2010 / 09:04

      Hey observations are observations… However this is North America and those sports tend to have more articles on them, here. If I were to be over in Europe I imagine that soccer would lead in posts.

      I can only speak for myself, but I use sports as vehicle to get awareness out there, and the most popular sport happens to be the sport with one of the highest rates of concussion, football.

      I would venture a guess that the military has WAY more concussions than any sport, however like anything in the media, it has to be “sexy” to get eyes.

      I appreciate the comments and observations.

  3. Chris March 1, 2013 / 10:58

    What about hockey?

  4. Frank Jans May 4, 2014 / 10:17

    Anything about lacrosse. Girl’s risk – no protective headgear. Boy’s risk – anything on helmet safety.

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