The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics are well underway, with many gold, silver and bronze medals being handed out to deserving athletes.
One of the most dangerous sports at this summer's Olympics in Brazil is Taekwondo, which begins in just over a week's time on August 17. The sport is so dangerous that according to a tweet by journalist Ryan Bailey, during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, over 25% of athletes in the sport picked up an injury.
Over 15% of athletes were unable to compete or train again because of their injuries which they sustained. However, there was another sport that had even more injuries than Taekwondo back in the 2008 Beijing Olympics which may surprise you. Football.
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That's right. The beautiful game had even more injuries than martial arts at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The same graphic provided by Ryan Bailey says that over 30% of players competing at the games picked up an injury of some sort, with over 15% of players unable to compete or train again due to their injuries.
The sport at the top of the graphic is Cross snowboarding, which had 35% of athletes picking up injuries at the 2012 Sochi Olympics, with just below 15% of athletes being unable to compete or train again.
Still, it's surprising to see more performers got injured playing football than performing Taekwondo back at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. You would have thought it would be the other way around due to the velocity martial arts fighters throw body parts at one another and the awkward angles which they hit one another at.