Eliminate dirty play from sports

Injuries are part of sports. We can probably never prevent all injuries. But you might be surprised to know how often fouls and dirty play cause athletes to get hurt. And many of these injuries are serious.

How much safer could we make sports for the athletes if we eliminated dirty play from sports?

A recent study looked at high schools across the U.S. and surveyed injuries in 9 different sports. When it came to injuries resulting from fouls and dirty play, you would be surprised how common the injuries were.Soccer player receiving a yellow card from the match referee

You might be even more surprised to know that football wasn’t the sport most often associated with these dirty play injuries. What sport or sports beat out football? Watch the video to find out!

We need to emphasize good sportsmanship and eliminate any efforts to hurt players on the other team. In the video, I suggest some ways we can all help do that.

Are you surprised how common these types of injuries are, and how serious they can be? What can we do to get rid of them?

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