Both hockey and football are physical, contact sports that can be strenuous on the body. But in respect to injuries, football appears to be more strenuous than hockey. According to a 2006 study by American Sports Data Inc., 9.5 athletes are injured participating in sports for every 100 participants.
Hockey requires speed and balance, along with agility. Not everyone has what it takes to be a great hockey player. Ice hockey players also require much more training than football athletes. Hockey is definitely more physical and strenuous than football.
Thank you, science.
Of the 3 sports, football had the highest rates of injury overall (4.11), in competition (12.76), and in practice (2.32). The rate of injuries was significantly higher in competition compared to practice for all 3 sports, with the largest difference in ice hockey (RR, 8.28; 95% CI, 7.74-8.86) (Table 1).
Soccer is a longer timed game, almost double to a field hockey game but bending down and the movements of field hockey can make it harder to play for extended periods of time. Field hockey has different hits, skills such as air dibbling, maneuvers, and more – so for the winner for skill most would say field hockey.
Boxing. The Sweet Science. That's the sport that demands the most from the athletes who compete in it. It's harder than football, harder than baseball, harder than basketball, harder than hockey or soccer or cycling or skiing or fishing or billiards or any other of the 60 sports we rated.
Hockey hits are, on average, 17% harder than football hits even though hockey players are 20% smaller than football players? Interesting.
Hockey is not more dangerous than football. The statistics show that NCAA ice hockey players reported concussions at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 AE, whereas NCAA spring football was 0.54 per 1,000 AE. At the high school level, football players suffered 1.04 per 1,000 to ice hockey's 0.77.
Hockey players need to have skill and agility. They need to have all the moves and skills of basketball, soccer and other sports, but do it all on skates, often backwards. Ice hockey players are the toughest athletes on the planet and have to endure the harshest physical beating to win the Stanley Cup.
While ice hockey is fun and exciting to play, it's also one of the most demanding sports. Ice hockey is hard because players have to learn and master skating as a new way of movement. In addition, players play in ice rinks which are uncomfortable because of the super low temperatures.
There are a number of theories behind the integration of fighting into the game; the most common is that the relative lack of rules in the early history of hockey encouraged physical intimidation and control. Other theories include the poverty and high crime rates of local Canada in the 19th century.
According to 2019 statistics, basketball causes the most injuries compared to any other team sport. Young people and adults who play basketball are exposed to various injuries including fractures, facial injuries, deep thigh bruises, ankle sprains and knee injuries.
TENNIS IS THE SAFEST SPORT
Physicians and health experts agree that playing tennis carries with it the least amount of risk of any sport, and in fact is safer than most activities you do around the house. The benefits of tennis have always been clear, and especially now are in even sharper focus.
In essence, football has the upper hand in lower body injuries and concussions (7.4% on concussions ALONE, with over 45% of concussions not being reported), while Rugby has far more upper body injuries. This makes sense, as the upper body is the most supported in football.
Hockey is one of the best cardiovascular games you can play. Alternating between skating and rest (what is known as interval training in the fitness world) improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular system, allowing it to bring oxygen to the muscles more quickly.
Yes, the NHL attracted 5 million more people than the NFL, but that's not as many per matchup as one would think given the big difference in the number of games each league plays per season. Here's the math: The NFL has 32 teams, each plays 16 games, so that's 256 games per season.
The Mechanics of Skating
NHL players can reach speeds in excess of 20 miles (32 km) per hour on the ice. Some speed skaters have been clocked at over 30 miles (48 km) per hour!
Running – I guess running is probably up there with the most easiest sports to play. Remember all you need is a pair of good running shoes and off you go. This sports form doesn't have any rule unless one is participating in track and field.