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First of its kind study compares high school knee injuries by sport and gender
Date:5/21/2008

vity (as opposed to <1 week for boys) and were twice as likely to require surgery. Girls were also found to be twice as likely to incur major knee injuries as a result of non-contact mechanisms, often involving landing, jumping or pivoting.

Parents of young female athletes should not overreact to these findings however, warned Comstock. The long term negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle far outweigh those of the vast majority of sports injuries.

The study also identified illegal sports activity as a risk factor for major knee injury in high school sports. Although illegal play was identified as a contributing factor in only 5.7 percent of all knee injuries, 20 percent of knee injuries resulting from illegal play required surgery. This finding suggests the importance of making it clear to athletes, parents, coaches, and officials that illegal play has the potential to cause serious injury.

Study authors stressed that monitoring trends through continued surveillance of high school sports injuries is essential to fully understand the mechanisms behind major knee injury. The study of knee injury patterns in high school athletics is crucial for the development of evidence-based targeted injury prevention measures, Comstock added. We know that sports injury rates can be decreased through such efforts.


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