Sports-related injuries

Summer is here, and it’s time for both kids and adults to be more active. Unfortunately sports related injuries can also increase during the summer months. Our interactive chart shows that playing basketball led to the most hospital treated injuries, followed by biking and football, according to the latest available data from the National Safety Council (NSC).

Concern is growing about the risks of sports-related concussions as lawsuits filed by injured professional football players have generated national headlines. The problem also affects thousands of young people who engage in a variety of sports.

Among the sports shown in the chart below, ice hockey injuries had the highest percentage of concussion as the primary diagnosis, at 12% of all hospital emergency department-treated injuries. Snowboarding and water tubing followed, with 10% and 9% of injuries reported as concussion-related.

There were 191,396 swimming injuries treated in emergency rooms, with children between the ages of five and 14 suffering the most injuries.

2 thoughts on “Sports-related injuries”

  1. If I’m interpreting this correctly I think the statement that “basketball is the most dangerous ” is incorrect and pretty close to careless especially in a professional forum as this. You have to know the number of people playing to accurately make this statement. I’m guessing the number of people playing the basketball is much higher than most high severity injury sports, or sports that relate in death (such as swimming).

    Example with made up # of people playing: If 5M folks are playing basketball injury rates would be 10% with only 0.3% people getting concussions. And if 16,000 people play LaCrosse than injury rates are 99.9% with 8% of those playing getting concussions.

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