Participation in Sports and Most Frequent School-Aged Injuries
Posted Scott B. Cooper on Sep 25, 2013 in Personal Injury
According to the National Safety Council, and reported by the Insurance Information Institute, kids aged 5 to 14 accounted for 50 percent of the football injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2011. This single age group accounted for 67.5 percent of gymnastics injuries, 41.5 percent of track and field injuries, and 30.9 percent of volleyball injuries treated in emergency rooms the same year.
Winter sports can be particularly dangerous. In 2010 over 6 million individuals participated in the winter sports of snowmobiling, snowboarding and ice skating. These sports accounted for over 91,000 emergency room-treated injuries, according to the National Safety Council. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), during the past 10 years, about 41.5 people have died skiing/snowboarding per year on average. During the 2011/12 season, 54 fatalities occurred out of the 51.0 million skier/snowboarder days reported for the season.
Another major player in sports injuries are bicycle crashes. In 2011, 677 bicyclists and other cyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Association. Bicyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities and made up 2 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. The majority of fatalities occurred in urban areas (69 percent). Cyclists under age 16 accounted for 10 percent of all bicyclists killed, down from 23 percent in 2002. During the past ten years there has been a steady increase in the average age of bicyclists killed, from 36 in 2002 to 43 in 2011. Biking is the most dangerous sport, based on estimates of injuries treated in hospital emergency departments compiled by the National Safety Council. About 40 million people rode bicycles in each year from 2001 to 2011, according to survey by the National Sporting Goods Association. Bicycles are increasingly being used for more than recreation. The share of Americans commuting by bike has grown by 47 percent since 2000, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the League of American Bicyclists. Bicycle theft is also on the rise. The FBI reports 189,428 bicycles were stolen in 2011 up from 179,595 in 2010. The average value of a stolen bicycle was $367 in 2011, up from $351 in 2010.
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