Is sport worth the risks?

The thrill of competition and the desire to win are powerful motivators. Every day, athletes risk their bodies, minds and lives in order to compete at the highest levels. But why do they do it? Does sport serve a greater purpose for athletes and society at large, or is it an ego-driven endeavour? Given the speed, intensity and physical environment of sports such as hockey, football, skiing and luge, the potential for tragedy is always present. What are the inherent risks of sport and the reasons why do we continue to value it?