When you prioritize a list of the most dangerous sports in terms of most likely to cause a brain injury, what sports would you include on the list, and how would you prioritize the list from most likely to cause a brain injury to least likely to cause a brain injury? My prioritized list includes the following sports:
- Freestyle Skiing
- Auto racing
I did not include sports that are likely to cause many injuries (such a riding bucking broncos) or sports that are more likely to cause injuries worse than brain injury (such as base jumping, rock climbing, wingsuit gliding, bungee jumping, or kayaking over waterfalls).
According to the University of Toronto study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, University of Toronto researchers examined records and videos from 844 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bouts and determined MMA fights are more likely to cause brain injury than either football or hockey. An Associated Press article about the subject indicates New York is the “last remaining state to prohibit professional MMA bouts.”
Why do any places allow MMA bouts when research has proven the bouts are likely to result in a brain injury?
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Thanks to Google for locating information about the study; University of Toronto for conducting the study; American Journal of Sports Medicine for publishing the study; Associated Press for writing about the study; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to use the picture or text I used in this post.