Friday, February 25, 2011

Important Statistics on Sports Injuries

The National Athletic Trainers Association
reports that more than half of all sports
injuries occur during practice.

According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research Twentieth Annual Report:

From 1982-2002, the total numbers of direct and indirect fatalities among high school athletes were:

  • Baseball — 17
  • Basketball — 88
  • Cheerleading — 21
  • Cross Country — 14
  • Football — 22
  • Soccer — 31
  • Track & Field — 47
  • Wrestling — 16

According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program:
In 2001, the number of sport-related injuries for each sport are as follows:

    • Gymnastics — 99,72
    • Basketball — 680,307
    • Baseball — 170,902
    • Softball — 118,354
    • Football — 413,620

    According to SAFE KIDS USA:

    • More than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year.
    • Injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities account for 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among children in the United States.
    • Overuse injury, which occurs over time from repeated motion, is responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle-and high-school students. Immature bones, insufficient rest after an injury and poor training or conditioning contribute to overuse injuries among children.
    • Most organized sports related injuries (62 percent) occur during practices rather than games. Despite this fact, a third of parents often do not take the same safety precautions during their child's practices as they would for a game.
    • A recent survey found that among athletes ages 5 to 14, 15 percent of basketball players, 28 percent of football players, 22 percent of soccer players, 25 percent of baseball players and 12 percent of softball players have been injured while playing their respective sports.
    • Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments. The rate and severity of sports-related injury increases with a child's age.

In my research, I found that the
most injurious sport, regardless
of age, was BICYCLING.


  1. Very interesting stats on basketball, wouldn't have guessed that.

  2. what did you base your stats on? Poles? Tv? anything like that?

  3. I don't understand. I reference the origin of each section's statistics with the headline in blue. Please read the parts in cerulean blue.

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