The time given to athletic contests and the injuries incurred on the playing field are part of the price which the English-speaking race has paid for being world conquerors.
I'm pretty cautious and not very athletic, so I've only had really dumb injuries, like sprained ankles and allergic reactions. I did have to go to the hospital after slicing my finger while trying to cut a Kaiser roll in half.
Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.