When I asked my previous question regarding injury rates in martial arts practice and assault, some users 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.
See the graph under point 3: Violent Crime Crime in England and Wales: year ending December 2019
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
How do these compare to the minimum types of injury RECORDED in a martial arts dojo?