Professional or amateur sports all carry severe risk of injury
Whether you play sport at a professional or amateur level, every player could be putting themselves at serious risk of injury.
In America a recent study has shown that 25% of a survey of 253 hockey players had suffered head and facial injuries over a period of 2 field hockey seasons.
Although hockey players currently wear gum shields to protect their teeth there is now a debate as to whether they should wear head and eye protection.
An increasingly disturbing number of athletes are developing traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as related to concussions and many injuries go untreated.
Victims of head injuries are sometimes unable or have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do and can also suffer changes in internal functions.
A study by Boston University's School of Medicine has confirmed that at least 5 NFL players, who have recently died, have had damage to their brains that is usually only found in professional boxers.
The Rugby "scrum" is renowned for being dangerous and puts players at severe risk of neck or back injuries. Although at professional level every possible preparation is made to avoid serious injury, the further down the league one goes, the preparation inevitably decreases.
Whatever the sporting level, all players should be aware of the dangers and risks involved and look to prevent injury to themselves and to others at all times.