It’s no secret the men get hurt a lot. It turns out they are actually more likely to suffer serious injuries than woman. We wanted to break down the causes of a lot of these injuries. Some of the statistics don’t differentiate between men and women but still they give us a good basis for understanding injuries in general. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2002, unintentional injuries were the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 years and the fifth leading cause of death overall.
One way men’s injuries patterns differ from women’s is that men are more likely to die from a fall. After adjusting for age, the fall fatality rate was 49 percent higher for men than women in 2004. To avoid falls, check your home for loose boards and in general be careful when playing sports or doing any strenuous activity.
Furthermore, male drivers involved in fatal motor crashes were almost twice as likely as their female counterparts to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater (NHTSA 2006). It is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, since driving while drunk, distracted or tired increases your likelihood of being involved in an accident.
Men are more prone to injuries from playing sports. There are more men playing sports than women so men are often tearing their ACL, spraining an ankle, among other things. According to Men’s Health, football players must be careful because of the risk of concussions. Men can obviously also face groin injuries that women don’t have to worry about. So guys, be careful when playing your sport!
Thus, men face some unique challenges and seem to get hurt at an alarming rate compared to women. If you do get injured, don’t fear, you can set up an appointment with us for your MRI! So guys, be careful and stay safe!