1. Girls Basketball
According to a study by Web MD, over a 10-year gap, Traumatic Brain Injuries have increased by 70 percent for the sport. In 1997 there were 7,030 TBI injuries with girls basketball, and it increased to 11,948 in 2007.
NBC News has reported that cheerleading accidents account for 65 percent of all high school girl athletic injuries. Since 1980, the emergency room visits from cheerleading accidents have tripled. This is alarming as only 10 percent of high school female athletes are cheerleaders.
3. Horseback Riding
Dr. Gloria M. Beim believes horseback riding is 20 times more dangerous than riding a motorcycle. On average, equestrians experience an accident every 350 hours of horseback riding. Falling off a horse can be a catastrophic incident that could lead to serious head and/or spinal-cord injuries.
The NCAA revealed (as a result of a study) that 11 percent of the injuries in women’s soccer are concussions. In men’s soccer, only 5 percent of injuries are concussion related. In girl’s soccer, athletes are most likely to sustain a concussion by colliding with another player, rather than heading the ball.
5. Field Hockey
With field hockey, players have a 62 percent risk of sustaining multiple injuries at the same time. The most common injuries in girl’s field hockey are lower-back pain (from constantly playing with a hunched over stance), hip, knee, and ankle. If an athlete sustains a head injury, it’s typically because a player got hit in the head with someone else’s field hockey stick.