When more kids play a certain sport, you're going to see more injuries associated with it. That's a simple statistical fact.

As a result, the Big 3 of American sports — football, basketball, baseball — are all highly ranked on Safe Kids Worldwide's list of the most dangerous youth sports in terms of total injuries.

But that's just part of the story. Having a lot of injuries doesn't necessarily make a sport "dangerous" if there are an equally large number of kids playing it, so the sample size is just bigger. The frequency of injuries also matters.

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