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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