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Sports Safety - Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

In the United States, more than 38 million children and adolescents participate in some form of organized sports, and each year, more than 3.5 million injuries are experienced by sports participants. The most common types of sports-related injuries are sprains and strains.

Some sports can be more dangerous than others. For example, contact sports, such as football, cause a higher number of injuries than a non-contact sport, such as swimming. However, all types of sports have a potential for injury, whether from the trauma of contact with other players or from overuse or misuse of a body part.

Injury rates and facts

The following statistics are the latest available from Safe Kids Worldwide and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

Reviewed by: Gina Duchossois
Date: May 2013

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