American football accounts for a disproportionate number of neck injuries every year, but cycling results in more broken necks among men than any other sport.
Those statistics come from a new study which was based on an analysis of data taken from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The data was from between 2000 and 2015. The researchers were able to identify 27,000 neck injuries that resulted from sports like cycling, swimming, diving, football and riding during the study period.
Overall, American football was the main cause of cervical spine injury, based on the data that was collected, and was also the leading cause of overall injuries, including fractures and sprains. Just behind football was cycling and weightlifting/aerobics. Women seemed to suffer the most number of neck sprains in weightlifting/aerobics while men seemed to suffer broken necks mainly while cycling, followed by diving, swimming and football.