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Which sports are the worst for your health?

Despite their many health benefits, many sports can lead to injuries if you’re not careful. But which sports carry the highest risk of injury and what should you do to stay safe?

Playing sports is a huge part of life for many people – and it’s easy to see why. As well as improving your fitness, many sports have a strong community element and bring a wealth of mental health benefits.

Unfortunately, most sports also carry some risk of injury. This can be extremely frustrating – nobody wants to be sidelined from their favourite activity – and can end up interfering with your day-to-day life.

An extreme example would be the concussions associated with contact sports like rugby and American football. Recently, a group of former professional rugby union players filed a lawsuit against the game’s authorities, claiming they weren’t adequately protected from head injuries. They were forced to deal with the devastating long-term consequences, including early-onset dementia.

But it isn’t just professional sportspeople who have to watch out for injuries. At the less life-altering end of the spectrum, many common sports require the body to move in challenging ways and should be approached with care.

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