Update 3rd Feb 2015. Comparable figures for risk of sporting activities is in these two files.
As I post this update 13 of the first England 15 are injured for the International on Friday evening..
Should the Health Services, at a time of financial bankruptcy, still cover professional contact sports? With the 6 Nations about to be broadcast it might be time to review our approach. How many players are not available due to injury at the beginning, and how many at the end? Being inactive is equally dangerous, but there is no need to compete in contact sports, there are plenty of other options. The Roman Games demanded more and more dramatic competitions… are we going the same way?
The Economist article: Violence in sport indicates that both parents and the public might be wising up to the risks. Co-payments by way of club insurance policies are one option, and the sports that deliberately target the human body should be the first ones to be re-examined. Deserts based rationing demands there is some co-payment. What should we do about the high risk non contact sports such as Cycling, Skiing, Rock Climbing or Parachuting/Bungee Jumping? NHSreality feels all sports should have insurance now that we are re-examining the costs of our health.
Boxing (of course) – covered by the New Scientist in August 2013 (Ban boxing – it’s demeaning and dangerous – New Scientist) and the medical journal repeatedly.