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

jury that resulted in a loss of more than 21 days of sports participation.

According to the study, severe injuries accounted for 14.9% of all high school sports-related injuries. After football injuries, wrestling, girls' basketball and girls' soccer maintained the highest levels of injury. Among directly comparable sports (soccer, basketball, and baseball/softball), girls sustained a higher severe injury rate than boys.

There were also patterns in injury sites with the knee sustaining a severe injury nearly 30 percent of the time along with the ankle (12.3%) and shoulder (10.9%). Additionally, five percent of the severe injuries recorded were a direct result of an illegal player activity, such as tripping or spear tackling.

"Finding ways to decrease the incidence and severity of sports-related injuries is critical to keeping kids playing sports long-term and reaping the benefits that organized athletics provides. Preventing these types of severe injuries is especially important to minimize health care costs both on the family and on the health care system itself," said Comstock. "Future studies should focus on risk factors and developing prevention interventions."

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. For more information about AJSM visit www.ajsm.org or
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