Is armwrestling a safe sport? This question arises all the time. I'm passing the mic to an expert! ()
Rustam Kamchiev: an orthopaedist of 21 years in practice. An European Champion, an International Sports Champion, the Vice President of the Russian Armwrestling Federation.
Is armwrestling dangerous? Let's make this question a bit easier. First, let's divide all the injuries into two categories: training and competition injuries. In my 20 years of experience I've seen serious competition injuries many times (fractures and lingament/muscle tears). Despite that, armwrestling is still less dangerous than many other sports.
We almost never experience sudden, intentional or accidental, hits from the opponent that are not regulated by the rules.
They don't hit us on the head causing serious knock-outs, they don't hit our legs like in football where players often end up on a stretcher.
If I tell you which sport is considered the most traumatic, you'll be very surprised. It's cycling. If a cyclist gets into a tight group, they get blocked and a few dozen of people immediately receive serious injuries.
In armwrestling everything is more predictable.
The main threat to a sports person is the temptation to lift the pressure during a battle from their muscles to their joints and bones. This way, many dangerous situations are created and they are mostly dangerous for the person themselves.