- New study has highlighted the most dangerous sport in Australia
- Motor racing is officially the most dangerous sport
- Team sports tend to cause fewer deaths compared
A new study has named Australia’s most dangerous sport among other shocking figures that have stunned fans.
According to Lauren Fortington of Edith Cowan University, at least one person dies every week while playing sports.
Their research focused on coronary reports of deaths during or related to sport between July 1, 2000 and December 31, 2019.
A total of 1,192 deaths were studied, which is equivalent to an average of 63 per year. Men accounted for 84.4 percent of those deaths.
Wheeled motorsport was considered the most dangerous sport in Australia, with 26.9 per cent of deaths in the sport attributed to activities such as motorcycle racing.
A new study has investigated the most dangerous sports in Australia
Motorsport has been named the most dangerous sports in Australia
Non-motorized wheel sports, such as cycling, accounted for an additional 16.2 percent of deaths, while blunt force trauma was the most common cause of death at a whopping 85.4 percent.
However, deaths in team sports were a much lower number. In total, there were eight in rugby league and seven in Australian rules football over that long period.
“It’s about making sure we continue to be active and safe and promoting that in Australia,” Fortington said of his study which has highlighted the risks associated with the sport.
Unsurprisingly, wheel sports had the highest rates of injuries and hospitalizations, with cycling causing the most sports injuries last year: 9,800.
Motorcycle and automobile racing had the highest rate of injuries requiring hospitalization, while more than half of all hospitalizations were for fractures, most commonly arm or shoulder fractures.
Less than 5 percent of all hospitalizations for sports injuries were concussion-related.