Sports & Recreational Injury Report (excerpts)
by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign
participation is beneficial to children in many ways. The risk of physical injury is inherent in sports
participation. It is estimated that half of all
organized sports-related injuries among children can be prevented. Protective equipment, safer
playing environments and rules designed to prevent
injury are successful in reducing the frequency
and severity of sports- and recreation-related injuries
Deaths & Injuries
- Death among children during sports activities is a rare event, most deaths occur during recreational activities.
- An estimated 3.2 million children ages 5 to 14 suffer from sports - and recreation-related injuries each year.
and Where Sports and Recreational Injures Occur
children, especially ages 5 to 9, are more likely
to sustain playground and bicycle-related injuries. Older children are more likely to suffer from bicycle,
sports-related injuries and overexertion.
year, more than 775,000 children ages 14 and under
are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related
injuries. The majority of these injuries are from
falls, collisions, being struck by an object and
In 1997, nearly 200,000 children ages 5 to 14 were
treated in hospital emergency rooms for basketball-related
injuries (70% were boys).
In 1997, more than 150,000 children ages 5 to 14
were treated in emergency rooms for football-related
injuries (95 % were boys).
and Softball: Baseball has the highest fatality
rate among all sports for children ages 5 to 14. Each year, three to four children die from
injuries sustained playing baseball. In 1997, nearly 95,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated for
baseball injuries (80% were boys) and more than 30,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated for softball (80% were girls).
In 1996, more than 200 children ages 14 and under
died in bicycle-related crashes; and in 1997,
more than 312,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in emergency rooms.
Skating & Roller Skating: Since 1992, at least 27 children age 14 and under have died from
skating injuries. The majority of these deaths
were from collisions with motor vehicles. In 1997
alone, nearly 93,000 children ages 5 to 14 were
Each year, nearly 20 children ages 14 and under
die (JS Note: approx. 14 of these fatalities
occur on home swingsets and play structures) and,
in 1997, an estimated 211,000 were treated in
hospital emergency rooms for playground equipment-related
injuries. Children ages 5 to 14 accounted for nearly
70 percent of these injuries. It is estimated that
one-third of playground-related fatalities and 70
percent of injuries occur on public playgrounds.
In 1997, more than 64,000 children ages 14 and
under were treated in hospital emergency rooms
for trampoline-related injuries accounting for more
than three quarters of all such injuries (JS Note:
approx. 0.3 children ages 14 and under die each year).
More than 90% of injuries occur at home and the injuries
predominantly involve the extremities.
Is at Risk & Prevention Tips
ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of sports-related
injuries for all ages. The rate and severity of sports-related
injury increases with a child's age.
who do not wear or use protective equipment, safety
gear, are at greater risk of sustaining sports-related
injuries. Lack of awareness for potential injury,
inappropriate or unavailable equipment and lack of
money to purchase equipment are some of the reasons
children do not use protective equipment.