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New Injury Rate Statistics for High School Athletes Highlight Need for Increased Prevention Efforts
Date:9/1/2009

In a new study, published in the September issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), researchers examined severe injuries by various sports, gender and injury area.

Rosemont, IL (Vocus) September 1, 2009 -- With more and more kids participating in sports, injuries are on the rise -an estimated two million occurring each year, resulting in 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations. In a new study, published in the September issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), researchers examined severe injuries by various sports, gender and injury area.

"Other studies have shown injury rates by sport, however very few studies have highlighted the severity of injuries per sport. Our research illustrated severe injuries occurring most frequently in football. In addition, girls seemed to suffer more severe injuries playing basketball than boys," said Dawn Comstock, PhD, author and assistant professor at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Researchers captured injury data during the 2005-2007 school years from 100 nationally representative U.S. high schools. Eligible schools had a National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) affiliated certified athletic trainer (ATC) report and categorize injury details into the High School RIO (Reporting Information Online) injury surveillance system. Information was collected for nine sports: boys' football, boys' and girls' soccer, girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' wrestling, boys' baseball and girls' softball. Severe injury was defined as any in
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