|Saving Children, Preventing Youth Sports Injuries
Watch a 1 minute introductory video
from the NCSS's Founder - Dr. Larry Lemak
Did You Know?
More than 38 million children and adolescents participate in sports each year in the U.S and more than 3.5 million of those aged 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries.
From 2001 through 2009, it is estimated that there were over 1.7 million emergency department visits among children 14 and under for injuries related to sports or recreation; 6% of these are traumatic brain injuries.
The most common types of sports-related injuries in children are sprains (mostly ankle), muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and heat-related illness.
Among children ages 14 and under, the top five sports associated with head injuries include:
cycling, football, baseball and softball, basketball, and
For males, the highest risk of concussion in organized sports is from football, while among females, soccer and basketball are the sports with the highest risk.
It is estimated that up to 50% of injuries seen in pediatric sports medicine are related to overuse.