Spectators risking life and limb for love of the game

In a first of its kind, this study looked into injuries that fans sustain

Concussions, fractures, bloody noses and other injuries are an occupational hazard for athletes.

Cartoon: Andrew Weldon

For spectators, on the other hand, a cricket ball to the head or being mowed down by a wayward cyclist is less than ideal, yet there is no body of literature on spectator injuries.

In the first study of its kind, US researchers scoured the internet to find incidents of such injuries and found that, reassuringly,