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The 5 most dangerous sports for boys

While team sports help keep boys healthy and active, there are also dangers. Learn which sports are the riskiest - and how to keep your son safe.

By Lauren Shanley

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Football

With about one million high schoolers in organized play, football has long been America's most popular sport — and its most dangerous. This collision sport's safety record is not good, with nearly twice the injuries of basketball — our country's second most popular sport. High school football players are most at risk. Primarily because of their inexperience and smaller stature, high schoolers are twice as likely to be injured as college players.

But high school athletes aren’t the only ones getting hurt. The numbers for young players is sobering: It's estimated that every year, doctors treat 389,000 musculoskeletal injuries in players ages five to 14. Recent studies have also revealed an epidemic of extensive neck and head injuries, including concussions and football-related TBIs, which can lead to memory problems, concentration issues, speech impediments, and headaches.

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Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

01/9/2012:
"perhaps there are more playing that causes increased injuries and/or more awareness of what MIGHT be an injury gets checked out. I notice that you never bring up any injury numbers for somethuing like bikes (reg.) or other rec.sports. Would you like the kid to be just locked up in his/her room until 18 ? "
07/18/2011:
"soccer is not dangures so get your facts straghi "
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