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Your Chances Of Dying Ranked By Sport and Activity

Editor's Note: This is still one of our favorite infographics of all time, illustrating the chances of dying by sport and activity. Although these statistics continue to change over time, they offer some perspective. Scroll down to see the odds and for more data and related content below the infographic.

Your Chances of Dying By Sport and ActivitySource: besthealthcaredegress.com

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To understand how these numbers compare to more "natural" causes, see this US data from the Center For Disease Control. For parents wanting a more focused guide to youth activities, take a look at this data on sports injuries compiled by Stanford Children's Hospital.

20th Century DeathMore data on 20th century death statistics from the World Health Organization visualized by informationisbeautiful.net

What are the chances of a graphic artist dying by the hands of a kayaker who labeled kayaking as canoeing in their infographic? Estimate: 1:1

Misinfographics. American Football 1 in 50,000. My ass.

I would love to know where that came from. Millions of high school kids play football every year, not to mention college. The number is less significant in the NFL but Chuck Hughes is the only NFL player to ever die on the field.

That is the most skewed statistic I think I have ever read. I read TGR every day and I love it. But Ryan Dunfee, you are an ass clown. Do some fact checking before you post some bullshit like this.

    Hey dude,

    Thanks, maybe? Anyways, I’m sure some of those stats are less accurate than others. I found the original piece here: http://www.besthealthdegrees.com/health-risks/

    Looks like they pulled their American Football stats from this study:

    http://pmj.bmj.com/content/85/1004/316/T2.expansion.html

    However, this study from the American Journal of Sports Medicine says the death rate for high school and college players specifically is more like 1 in 100,000:

    http://ajs.sagepub.com/content/41/5/1108.abstract

    Even though players don’t die directly on the field, they may suffer multiple concussions which can lead to intracranial hemorrhages (bleeding in the brain or skull), seizures, coma, and other neurological disorders. A disturbingly large number of football players suffer from mild to moderate to even severe traumatic brain injury (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Potential Late Effect of Sport-Related Concussive and Subconcussive Head Trauma
    Author: Gavett, Brandon E.
    Journal: Clinics in sports medicine ) which can then lead to neuromotor problems (Parkinson’s/Huntington’s), psychosis, depression, and suicide. It is the summation of the repetitive blows that ultimately results in preventable disease and premature death.  I would argue that the number is higher than 1 in 50,000, given that chronic traumatic injury is present in about 3.7% of professional football players.

FFS people. You can’t just take data, add pretty graphics to it and call it an infographic.

—- Like: let’s graphically represent 1 in 100,000 as: 1 in @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ .. oh by the way @ = 5,000. And, in this next panel “@” will actually represent 5 million ....

I mean, just LOOK at the “smoking” and “obesity” sections —- how do they not make your head hurt??

    Thank you for saying that! I immediately went to the comments to see if anybody had realized how bad this infographic is.

    Did you notice the “expert mountain climbing section”? 0.0145 in 100 die. What? And the graphical representation there of a black circle taking up a portion of a white circle is based on what? When 1 out of 167 deaths has the two circles almost the same size, intuitively that to me means that almost all the people taking part die when that’s clearly not the case.

    This was really poorly done.

Please read these books and try again. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=edward+tufte&sprefix=tufte,aps,282

Something about the snowboarding and skiing infographics is wrong, isn’t it?
How can the chances of dying snowboarding be 1 in 2.2 mil, and skiing 1 in 1.4 mil, but then the Likelihood shows that it is higher in snowboarding?

1 in 10 people who climb above 6000m in the Himalaya die? That’s total nonsense. Where did these figures come from?

“Mt. McKinley National Park”?

Come on, Dunf.

    Not my infographic! All came from here: http://www.besthealthdegrees.com/health-risks/

Be advised: In “Your Chances Of Dying Ranked By Sport and Activity” https://www.tetongravity.com/story/adventure/your-chances-of-dying-ranked-by-sport-and-activity your number for paddlesports is quite inaccurate for the USA.

Although whitewater boating fatalities have been getting increased attention in the last couple of years, the actual fatality rate for whitewater kayaking (2.9 in 1998 per 100,000 participants) is not as high as a few highly-publicized deaths would lead you to believe. In comparison with other sports, it is safer than scuba diving (3.5) and mountaineering (3.2). In fact, driving a car is arguably more dangerous than whitewater boating, as the fatality rate for driving a passenger vehicle is 15.2.

A fatality rate for whitewater boating can be calculated using several methods. Based on our research we were able to calculate fatality rates for both user days and for number of participants. American Whitewater estimated that the number of whitewater kayaking participants in the is 700,000. In 1998 there were 20 whitewater kayak deaths in the , from which we calculate a 2.9 fatality rate for whitewater kayakers.

A second study covered thirty managed whitewater rivers in the containing rapids of all degrees of difficulty. We calculated an overall whitewater fatality rate of 0.86 deaths per 100,000 user days over a five-year period (1994-1998) for all whitewater boaters, including private and commercial boaters as well as kayakers, canoers, and rafters.
There were 0.86 whitewater fatalities per 100,000 boaters, or 2.25 private boater deaths per 100,000 and 0.45 commercial boater deaths per 100,000.This includes canoe, kayak, and raft.

The fatality rate for all human-powered boaters (flatwater, whitewater, and ocean) for 1995 (the latest available data) was 0.4 per 100,000 participants.

Source: American Whitewater
http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Safety/view/

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/1614/display/full/
“Whitewater is safer than you think”

Sincerely,

Charlie Walbridge
Accident Database Manager
American Whitewater

I have been doing extreme sports for the past 20 years. Rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, skiing, back country skiing, snowkiting, you name it. In those years I have had friends pass away. Personal stats: 1 friend passed away skiing, 2 friends BASE jumping / paragliding, and I have lost 12 friends whitewater kayaking. No disrespect to the American Whitewater comment poster above but I absolutely disagree that kayaking is a safe sport. After 15 years I stopped boating after watching a good friend being buried. 12 was too many to witness and I suspected my number was going to come up sooner than later at that point. There are no other sports I feel that way about, not even close.

    you had a lot of friends

    I don’t get attached to people, they can “die” all they want

    What’s an extreme sport?

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