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Study- Kid’s Track Injuries on the Rise

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Abigail Reyes5 years ago

A new study, published in the journal Physician and Sportsmedicine, found that each year, children and teenagers are sustaining more and more injuries from track-related activities like cross-country, sprinting, running, hurdles, relays, stretching and drills.

“From 1991 through 2008, an estimated 159,663 patients aged 10 to 18 years were treated for track-related injuries in US emergency departments, with an average of 8,870 cases per year. The overall number of cases increased 36.3%,” study authors.

Track Injuries Study Background

  • The study was conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Columbus Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
  • The researchers used 18 years of data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to identify track and field injuries.
  • Researchers noted that more than 159,000 children and teens (ages 10-18) were treated in emergency rooms for injuries they got while engaging in track-related activities.

Common Track-Related Injuries

Study authors found that track-related injuries increased by more than a third from 1991 through 2008, or from about 7,700 injuries to nearly 10,500. Of those injuries:

  • 59% involved children running/sprinting
  • 23% involved children attempting hurdles
  • 52% were sprain or strains
  • 17% were fractures
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