Researchers at Cardiff University in Wales examined the medical records of nearly 25,000 people treated in a local hospital between 1999 and 2005 (related photos: the new Wales).
The researchers tallied the victims' injuries according to a five-point triage scale based on the urgency of treatment needed.
Reporting in a recent issue of the journal Injury Prevention, lead study author Jonathan Shepherd and colleagues found that while kicks were less common, such assaults caused greater damage than either punches or attacks with weapons.
December 28, 2006
Kicking is more dangerous than fists or weapons
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