Sports-Related Injuries

According to research from the CDC, sports injuries make up one-fifth of all injury-related visits to the emergency department (ED)—particularly among adolescents and young adults. Most ED visits for sports injuries were made by patients 10- to 19-years old (66 percent) and by males (66 percent).

Football and basketball account for more than 25 percent of sport-related ED visits among young people. Sprains, strains, and dislocations are the most frequent injury. 

The most frequent sports-related ED visits for patients 5- to 24-years-old include:

  • Football (14 percent)
  • Basketball (12 percent)
  • Cycling (10 percent)
  • Soccer (7 percent)
  • Ice or roller skating or skateboarding (7 percent)

The most frequent sports-related ED visits for 5- to 9-years-old:

  • Playground (23 percent)
  • Cycling (14 percent)
  • Gymnastics or cheerleading (9 percent)
  • Running or jogging (8 percent)

The most frequent sports-related ED visits for 10- to 14-years-old:

  • Football (20 percent)
  • Basketball (13 percent)
  • Cycling (10 percent)
  • Soccer (7 percent)
  • Baseball or softball (6 percent)

The most frequent sports-related ED visits for 15- to 19-years-old:

  • Basketball (16 percent)
  • Football (16 percent)
  • Soccer (9 percent)
  • Cycling (7 percent)
  • Ice or roller skating or skateboarding (6 percent)
  • Baseball or softball (6 percent)

The most frequent sports-related ED visits for 20- to 24-years-old:

  • Basketball (15 percent)
  • Ice or roller skating or skateboarding (13 percent)
  • Cycling (9 percent)
  • Soccer (7 percent)

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