Sports injuries by the numbers

Sports injuries by the numbers

Posted11/11/2013 6:00 AM

By the numbers

30 million: Children and adolescents who participate in youth sports in the United States


3.5 million: Children under age 14 who receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year 2 million: Injuries sustained annually by U.S. high school athletes 500,000: Annual doctor visits by U.S. high school athletes 30,000: U.S. high school athletes hospitalized each year 50: Percentage of all sports injuries to middle school and high school students attributed to overuse 45: Percentage of players ages 13 and 14 who will have arm pain during a single youth baseball season 40: Percentage of all sports-related injuries (treated in hospitals) sustained by children ages 5 to 14 5: Since 2000, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players.

Sources: and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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