Sports And Recreation Injuries Drop 12 Percent For Children Ages 5-14 During Past Decade
Bicycle, trampoline and roller sport injuries decline; football and soccer injuries still on the rise
CHICAGO, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research presented today at the at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that overall, sports and recreation musculoskeletal injuries have declined 12.4 percent in the U.S. over the past 10 years for children ages 5 to 14 years. However, injuries sustained during football and soccer continues to rise.
In 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the top eight sports and recreational activities responsible for injuries in children ages 5 to 14, and estimated their annual cost at more than $33 billion.
In this study, researchers reviewed National Electronic Injury Surveillance System data on injuries resulting from the eight CDC-identified activities – bicycling, basketball, football, roller sports (in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards and scooters), playground equipment (monkey bars, swings and slides), baseball/softball, soccer and trampolines for 2000, 2005 and 2010.Despite no real change in population in the 5 to 14 age group between 2000 and 2010 (approximately 41 million), the study found that:
- Musculoskeletal-specific injuries (broken bones, sprained joints, torn ligaments, etc.) declined 12.4 percent.
- Injuries declined in six of the eight sport/activity categories, including bicycle (38.1 percent), roller sports (20.8 percent) and trampolines (17.5 percent).
- Football and soccer injuries increased by 22.8 and 10.8 percent, respectively.
- As a group, sports deemed "recreational" (bike, roller sports, trampoline and playground) decreased by 24.9 percent, and "ball" or organized sport activity injuries increased 5.9 percent.
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