Sports Injuries

All youth sport activities carry the risk of injury. The following table outlines the statistics for various sports activities.

Rank Sport Estimated Injuries Participation (1,000s) Injuries per 1,000 Participants
1. Basketball 631,186 29,417 21.5
2. Football 355,247 17,091 20.8
3. Bicycles 577,621 43,535 13.3
4. Soccer 169,734 13,167 12.9
5. Baseball 180,582 15,856 11.4
6. Ice Hockey 22,231 2,131 10.4
7. Skateboards 54,532 5,782 9.4
8. Softball 132,625 15,595 8.5
9. Ice Skating 33,741 7,799 4.3
10. In-Line Skating 110,783 27,033 4.1
11. Tennis 22,665 11,227 2.0
12. Golf 46,019 27,496 1.7
13. Swimming 49,331 58,249 0.8

Source: R. Mrphey, Murost Enterprises, LLC (compiled Jan. 7, 2002)

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Born in December? Maybe You Aren’t Good Enough?

A variety of studies show that the cutoff age for a sport and a child’s relative birthdate are two of the largest factors determining future success. Kids born just after a sports cutoff date are the oldest players in their group and the most likely to succeed. In youth hockey, where the cutoff date is often January first, kids born in January are most likely to reach the highest levels (see chart below). In youth soccer, where the cutoff date is August 1, kids born in August are most likely to reach the highest levels.

Early-born children (born soon after cut-off date) are more likely to be identified as being talented at younger ages. This identification leads to more encouragement and selection for participation in special training programs or teams. Kids who are born just before the cutoff date show much higher rates of dropping out of the sport.

More information is available at: http://www.socialproblemindex.ualberta.ca/Relage.htm.

Born in December? Maybe You Aren’t Good Enough?

A variety of studies show that the cutoff age for a sport and a child’s relative birthdate are two of the largest factors determining future success. Kids born just after a sports cutoff date are the oldest players in their group and the most likely to succeed. In youth hockey, where the cutoff date is often January first, kids born in January are most likely to reach the highest levels (see chart below). In youth soccer, where the cutoff date is August 1, kids born in August are most likely to reach the highest levels.

Early-born children (born soon after cut-off date) are more likely to be identified as being talented at younger ages. This identification leads to more encouragement and selection for participation in special training programs or teams. Kids who are born just before the cutoff date show much higher rates of dropping out of the sport.

More information is available at: http://www.socialproblemindex.ualberta.ca/Relage.htm.