in·ju·ry (ĭn′jə-rē)
Damage or harm done to or suffered by a person or thing

Facts

  • High School Athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year (JS Powell 1999)

  • ​More than 2.5 million kids under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports related injuries each year (Powell 1999)

  • ​Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40% of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals.  On average, the rate and severity of injury increases with the child's age.  (Petty, Robinson, Nessler 2009)

  • Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students (Safe Kids Worldwide 2014)

  • ​According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable

  • ​Over 45% of non-contact sport related injuries occur to the lower kinetic chain (knee, ankle and foot).  If you include hip and low back injuries, that number increases to over 50%. (Nessler 2014)

  • ​Girls are up to 8 times more likely to have an ACL injury than boys (Safe Kids Worldwide)

  • ​Most organized sports-related injuries (62%) occur during practice rather than in games (performance). (Safe Kids Worldwide)

  • ​The most common types of sports-related injuries among children are sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries and heat-related illness. (Safe Kids Worldwide)