Monday, November 21, 2016

Who Gets Hurt Playing Sports?

More than 8.5 million Americans aged 5 or older are injured each year while playing sports or participating in recreational activities, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. These are not minor bumps and bruises but medically attended injuries affecting a substantial 3.4 percent of the population.

  • The 61% majority of the injured are male.
  • Most of the injured are aged 5 to 14 (37%) or 15 to 24 (28%).
  • Most injuries occur at school (23%) or sport facility/athletic field/playground (35%).
  • Among males, the three most common activities causing injury are football (12%), basketball (12%), and aerobics/exercising/weight training (8%).
  • Among females, the three most common activities causing injury are gymnastics/cheerleading (11%), aerobics/exercising/weight training (8%), and cycling (7%).
  • Falling is the most common cause of injury (28%), followed by overexertion (17%).
  • Sprains/strains are the most common injury (41%), followed by fractures (20%).

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Statistics Reports, Sports- and Recreation-Related Injury Episodes in the United States, 2011-2014

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