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Ankle Injuries Second Most Common High School Sports Related Injury

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

Football Player Sports injuries in children and adolescents have steadily increased as participation in sports has risen. Two million injuries occur each year and 25% of those injured visit a doctor. Almost 30,000 children are hospitalized each year as a result of sports injuries. A new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine reviewed injury data from 100 U.S. high schools between 2005-2007 for boys and girls sports, including football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling and softball. The researchers defined severe injury as one which resulted in a loss of 3 weeks of participation in a sport.

Almost 15% of all sports related injuries were considered to be severe injuries. The highest rate of severe injury occurred in football, followed by wrestling and then girls basketball and girls soccer. Girls had a higher rate of severe injury than boys when comparing  rates in the same sport. Knee injuries were the most commonly sustained injury (30%), followed by ankle injuries (12.3%) and shoulder injuries (10.9%). The authors noted that future studies should focus on injury prevention.

Am J Sports Med, September 2009 37:1798-1805.

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