Paintball Safety

Is Paintball Safe?

One of the most common “first questions” about paintball is, “Is it safe?”

We’ve seen 10-year-olds, teenage girls, and adults of all shapes, sizes, gender, and ages playing and having a wonderful time, and without injury. But, if you need some “numbers” to help in your decision to play paintball:

(Injury is defined as one which results in some degree of permanent impairment, or renders the injured person unable to effectively perform his regular duties or activities for at least one full day beyond the day of the injury.)

  • Driving a car:
    26 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Being on a street:
    33 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Being at work:
    61 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Being at home:
    93 yearly injuries per 1000 participants

-Source: National Safety Council.

  • Paintball:
    0.31 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Bowling:
    0.50 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Archery:
    0.66 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Boating:
    0.92 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Tennis:
    1.09 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Golf:
    1.13 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Swimming:
    1.30 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Fishing:
    1.37 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Water Skiing:
    1.90 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Handball:
    2.42 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Racquetball:
    2.53 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Ice Skating:
    2.79 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Snowmobiling:
    2.86 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Snow Skiing:
    3.44 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Volleyball:
    4.43 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Gymnastics:
    7.13 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Soccer:
    10.54 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Bicycle Riding:
    11.30 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Boxing:
    11.34 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Hockey:
    12.46 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Basketball:
    22.04 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Rugby:
    23.14 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Wrestling:
    27.37 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Football:
    27.50 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Baseball:
    27.67 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Lacrosse:
    223.79 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Running 0-19 miles per week: 294 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Running 20-29 miles per week: 384 yearly injuries per 1000 participants
  • Running 30-39 miles per week: 461 yearly injuries per 1000 participants

– Source: Control Systems Inc., administrator of paintball game accident insurance plan for air gun game operators.

 




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