Gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates of all girls’ sports. An estimated 425,900 children from ages 6-17 were treated in US hospital emergency departments for gymnastics-related injuries during a 16-year period from 1990–2005. Annually that averages 26,600 injuries in gymnastics.
The top locations of where the injuries occurred include school (40.0%), a place of recreation or sports (39.7%), home (14.5%), or on other public property (5.8%). Primarily the injuries included upper extremity (42.3%), lower extremity (33.8%), head/neck (12.9%), and trunk (10.4%). Fortunately, the vast majority of patients with gymnastics-related injuries were treated and released from the emergency department.
-Source: Pediatrics, April 1, 2008