Sports medicine stats: Youth basketball injuries

Youth basketballThere were an estimated 325,465 annual emergency department visits from youth basketball injuries among 7 to 17 year olds from 2000 to 2006.  The most common injuries were ankle sprains accounting for 21.7%, finger sprains at 8%, finger fractures at 7.8%, knee sprains at 3.9% and facial lacerations at 3.8%. In the 12 to 17 age range, girls had a higher rate of knee sprains than males.

Source: Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach July/August 2011

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