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Basketball Top For Injurious Sports

Loyola University Health System warns public that basketball is the only sport that causes maximum injuries, since in 2005// US faced nearly 5,12,000 emergency cases related to basketball.

‘So before people run to the basketball court, they need to take steps to reduce their injury risk,’ said Dr. Pietro Tonino, director, division of sports medicine, Loyola University Health System, Maywood, Ill.

‘Bicycles ranked second highest with 485,000 injuries, followed by football with 418,000 injuries,’ said Tonino, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill. ‘Soccer came in fourth at 174,000 injuries.

‘Athletes, youngsters and weekend warriors alike can wind up in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to these sports,’ said Tonino, who analyzed new data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and compiled a list of the sports with the greatest number of injuries treated at hospital emergency rooms:

Recreational Activity Number of Injuries

Basketball 512,213

Bicycles 485,669

Football 418,260

Soccer 174,686

Baseball 155,898

Skateboards 112,544

Trampolines 108,029

Softball 106,884

Swimming/Diving 82,354

Horseback 73,576

Weightlifting 65,716

Volleyball 52,091

Golf 47,360

Roller-skating 35,003

Wrestling 33,734

Gymnastics 27,821

In-line skating 26,935

Tennis 19,487

Track & field 17,306

‘The NBA finals and the World Cup games may inspire people to try a new sport,’ said Tonino. ‘But before they do, people need proper training and conditioning to reduce their injury risk.’ Many injuries can be prevented, according to Tonino, by wearing protective gear, knowing and playing by the rules of the game and
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