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What Is The Safest High School Sport?

Statistically, some sports are generally considered safer than others at the high school level regarding injury rates.

While no sport is entirely without risk, the following high school sports are often considered among the safest…

  • Track and Field – Track and field events like running, long jumps, and shot puts have relatively low injury rates. Proper warm-up, conditioning, and technique are essential for preventing injuries.
  • Swimming – Swimming is a low-impact sport that places minimal stress on joints and bones. It is generally considered safe, but swimmers should be cautious of overuse injuries and practice proper swim techniques.
  • Cross Country Running – Cross country running involves long-distance races over varied terrain, making it lower risk for acute injuries. Proper training and pacing are important for avoiding overuse injuries.
  • Tennis – Tennis is a non-contact sport with a lower risk of injury than many others. Players should use proper form and warm-up to prevent strains and sprains.
  • Golf – Golf is another non-contact sport with relatively low injury rates. Injuries in golf are often related to overuse or poor swing mechanics.
  • Volleyball – Volleyball is generally considered safe. Its focus is on teamwork and agility. Proper technique can help prevent injuries, particularly to the shoulders and ankles.
  • Cheerleading – While cheerleading involves acrobatics and stunts, safety measures and guidelines have improved over the years to reduce injury risks. Proper training and supervision are crucial.
  • Swimming and Diving – Like regular swimming, competitive swimming and diving have lower injury rates due to their low-impact nature. Athletes should focus on technique to minimize the risk of overuse injuries.
  • Gymnastics – While gymnastics can be physically demanding, injuries are not as common as in some contact sports. Proper training, supervision, and safety measures are essential.

The safety of a sport can vary based on factors such as coaching quality, equipment, and adherence to safety guidelines. Your experiences can differ, and injuries can occur in any sport. Proper training, conditioning, warm-up routines, and adherence to safety protocols are crucial for minimizing the risk of injuries in high school sports.