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Child Sports Injury Statistics

Author Christina Houghton

More than 30 million children and adolescents participate in some form of organized sport or outdoor activity. Out of those 30 million, 3 million children are injured each year.

Contact sports can be expected to have higher number of injuries per year, but all sports pose some risk for potential injury or trauma.

Following are the latest statistics from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

Child Injury Rates

  • Approximately, 3 million children and adolescents ages 14 and under get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities.
  • Death from a sports injury is rare; the leading cause of a sports-related death is a brain injury.
  • Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children and teens.
  • The majority of head injuries occur during bicycling, skateboarding, or skating incidents.
  • Each year, more than 775,000 children and adolescents ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for sports-related injuries.

Child Sports and Recreational Activities Injury Rates

  • Basketball – 200,000 children and adolescents ages five to 14 were treated for injuries, in 1998, 70 percent of the injured persons were boys.
  • Baseball and Softball – Almost 117,000 children and teens were treated for baseball-related injuries and 26,000 children were treated for softball-related injuries. Baseball has the highest fatality rate among sports for adolescents, with three to four persons dying from baseball injuries each year.
  • Bicycling – More than 320,000 adolescents were treated for bicycle-related injuries, in 1998 and 225 adolescents died in related crashes in 1997.
  • Football – 159,000 children and adolescents ages five to 14 were treated for injuries, in 1998.
  • Gymnastics – Nearly 25,500 were treated for gymnastics-related injuries and among girls’ sports, gymnastics has the highest injury rates.
  • Soccer – 77,500 children were treated in 1998.
  • Skateboarding – 27,500 children were treated for skateboarding-related injuries.
  • Trampolines – Nearly, 80,000 children age five and under were treated for related injuries.
  • Ice Hockey/Ice Skating – over 18,000 adolescents were treated for related injuries in 2001-2002. Nearly 10,600 children were treated for ice skating-related injuries, in 1998.
  • Sledding/Snow Skiing/Snowboarding – In 1998, 8,500 adolescents were treated for sledding injuries. That same year 29,000 were treated for snow-skiing related injuries and another 9,000 adolescents age five to 14 were treated for snowboarding-related injuries.
Contact An Experienced Child Injury Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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