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Kickoff/Punt Injuries Are Most Severe In High School Football

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy published a study in the jounal Research in Sports Medicine evaluating the effects of play intensity, phase of play, time on the field and field location on injury severity in U.S. high school football. They found that 16% of injuries occurred at the beginning of a football game.Fifty-four percent occurred during the middle of the game and almost 30% occurred at end of the game or during overtime. The injury rate was greater in competition than during practice. Sprains and strains to the foot, ankle and leg were the most common mild and moderate injuries. Severe injuries were most frequently injuries to the knee or arm fractures. Kickoff/punt injuries were the most severe injuries, compared to general play injuries, with many of those injuries being concussions.

Ellen E. Yard; R. Dawn Comstock. Effects of Field Location, Time in Competition, and Phase of Play on Injury Severity in High School Football. Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 1543-8635, Volume 17, Issue 1, 2009, Pages 35 – 49.

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