There is no doubt that football is “under attack” in this great Nation of ours.  Many folks are using recent developments from a doctor regarding CTE to show that football is “killing our kids.”  Even though the stats say something totally different.  In fact, did you know that baseball has a higher death rate than football?  I did the research!  Nobody else has.  Check it out here.

This new study, done over a period longer than a decade is really fascinating.

HealthGrove.com did research on the years from 2002-2014 about the most number of emergency room visits for athletes from ages 13-17.  Guess which sport, out of 20 covered in this research had the most emergency room visits?

Football right?

Guess again.

Here is the list, along with the average number of injuries each year between 2002-14.  The most commonly injured body part is also labeled for each sport below.

Average Number of Injuries Per Year

20. Bowling: 764  – Finger

19. Rugby: 1,214 – Head

18. Field hockey: 1,825 – Finger

17. Tennis: 1,915 – Ankle

16. Skiing: 4,752 – Head

15. Ice skating: 4,999 – Wrist

14. Horseback riding: 5,581 – Head

13. Lacrosse: 5,830 – Head

12. Track and field: 8,194 – Ankle

11. Weight lifting: 8,921 – Finger

10. Snowboarding: 9,608 – Wrist

9. Ice hockey: 12,336 – Head

8. Volleyball: 14,304 – Ankle

7. Softball: 18,119 – Ankle

6. Wrestling/boxing/martial arts: 18,174 – Shoulder

5. Gymnastics/cheerleading/dance: 22,671 – Ankle

4. Baseball: 27,208 – Face

3. Soccer: 45,475 – Ankle

2. Football: 118,886 – Finger

1. Basketball: 119,589 – Ankle

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