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Updated by Kyle Hunt on Jan 29, 2014
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Three Dangerous Sports You Didn't Know Were Dangerous

Normally when you think of dangerous sports it’s the rough, contact sports that come to mind first—popular games like rugby, football, hockey, and skateboarding are usually deemed the most risky, but I was quite surprised to find out that many of the activities I just listed did not make it onto the list of the most dangerous sports for children. Check out the list below and see if you guessed any of the big ones.

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Basketball

Basketball

Basketball is dangerous because it involves an excessive amount of cutting, jabbing, and jumping, and all of those movements are performed in repetitive fashion. It is extremely important for kids to receive proper instruction on warming up and stretching before participating in basketball. Over half a million children took trips to the emergency room last year for basketball-related injuries. Common injuries that require surgery are eye injuries, knee injuries, and ankle injuries. Basketball injuries are quite common in Utah.

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Soccer

Soccer

Soccer may not look dangerous, but often the players that participate in the sport are quite competitive. Over 175,000 kids were sent to the ER due to soccer injuries. Kids should be taught the rules of fair play before signing up for a soccer league. Soccer can get pretty intense.

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Racquetball

Racquetball

Racquetball is less dangerous when players use protective eye wear, but many athletes feel it inhibits their play. Numerous reports in the last few years have told stories of racquetball players being sent to the ER for eye surgery. Eye surgery can repair many eye injuries, but it’s better to wear eye goggles and prevent an expensive trip to the emergency room.

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Volleyball

Volleyball

Most people assume that volleyball is know as women yet some of the most gruesome injuries which often leads to a trip to the hospital. ankle sprains and breaks and broken or dislocated fingers are the most common injuries. those aren't the most painful injuries but what makes volleyball an underrated dangerous sport is that these injuries occur incredibly frequently.