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When I asked My previous question regarding injury rates in Martial arts practice and assault Some users here pointed out (Quite rightly) that it didn't take account of the severity of injuries sustained.

So this question is to go with the other one in order to give a balanced view of the effects of training in martial arts on your chances of injury.

Obviously this does not take into account other potential health benefits of martial arts, However it will give an idea of injury severity. Again Let's take the United Kingdom, partly because that's where I live, but mostly because if we take the united states gun violence eclipses all other injury statistics.

According to the UK Police less than 50% of assaults actually caused injury at all! But let's ignore these (UK law has a very broad definition of assault) and just look at those where some injury was caused.

This is the minimum type of injury that is classed as Actual Bodily Harm:

The loss or breaking of a tooth or teeth Extensive or multiple bruising A displaced broken nose Minor fractures of bones Minor (but not superficial) cuts requiring medical treatment A recognised psychiatric disorder

Wikipedia for reference who in turn cite the Crown Prosecution Service

How do these compare to the minimum types of injury RECORDED in a martial arts Dojo?

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    I am unclear why this is relevant at all. What are you trying to solve by this? Also, there is no control group of just normal injuries. Note that training martial art could decrease the risk and/or the seriousness of normal injury. – Sardathrion - Reinstate Monica Jan 16 '17 at 18:09
  • @Sardathrion What is a 'Normal injury' and why would it be a suitable control group for this? I am trying to establish which martial arts increase the danger of injury and which decrease the danger of injury. Finding the ones that decrease the danger of injury will be hard (because injuries in assault are rare) but finding those that increase the danger of injury should be easy by looking at injury rates while training. We could look at the effect of learning breakfalls on injury rates too I suppose, falling over is common enough. – Huw Evans Jan 16 '17 at 18:19
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    Variation in style, school, and teacher might be more significant than per art. Also, competition will skew the statistics. – Sardathrion - Reinstate Monica Jan 16 '17 at 19:32
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    True enough. But that is no reason to ignore what information we do have. – Huw Evans Jan 16 '17 at 20:47
  • The overriding injury concerns when being attacked are things like death, permanent impairment, or long hospitalization. I fail to see how a comparison of the minimum legal definition of assault in the UK and the minimum injury report criteria for a martial arts school is relevant to those major concerns. – mattm Jan 18 '17 at 22:36
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Legally speaking, in most states, you are never physically injured from any assault. (In other states, assault is the same as battery).

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/assault

If you meant battery, then no - there's nothing to suggest anything that happens criminally is any more or less severe than MA practice. Severe injuries can happen - by accident - during practice. Some forms of illegal battery - eg, spitting - induce no physical injuries at all.

  • This was a UK question. But thanks anyway. – Huw Evans Jan 16 '17 at 20:48

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