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It’s official: Curling is more dangerous than skiing with guns

Britain's David Murdoch; careful there, Davey boy!

All top-level athletes run the risk of injury. Pushing your body to the limit in any sport means that you'll go over the line from time to time; otherwise, how do you know where your own physical limits are?

And it seems that applies even to curlers. Seriously.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine has published new research into injury rates in the various winter sports.

And quite unbelievably, curling turned out to be just as dangerous as ski jumping - and more dangerous than luge or biathlon.

You read that right. Sliding a stone gently down an ice rink is as risky as launching yourself off a giant ramp attached to the side of a mountain.

It's more dangerous than sliding down a tube of hard-packed ice at nearly 100mph while lying back on a glorified tea tray.

The example that takes the cake is biathlon, though: how can it be more dangerous than skiing with guns?

Percentage of athletes injured by sport at the Winter Olympics in 2010

The stats analysed injury rate percentages among athletes, based on an analysis of the figures that came out of the 2010 Olympics. And it emerged that four per cent of curlers - or one in 25 - had picked up injuries.

That was the same as ski jumping, and more than speed skating (3%), freestyle skiing down the moguls (2%), luge (2%) and biathlon (1%).

Alpine skiing had an injury rate of 13%, while figure skating, ice hockey, boblsedding, freestyle aerials and freestyle cross all varied between 15 and 20% injury rates.

Most fearsome sport of all was snowboard cross, with a frankly ridiculous 35% injury rate among competitors.

2010 Winter Olympics injury percentages by sport