Sports injury statistics
In the United States, about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and about 3.5 million injuries occur each year.
- The most common injuries are sprains and strains.
- Brain injury is the leading cause of sports-related death in children.
- The majority of head injuries occur during bicycling, skateboarding, or skating incidents.
- Many injuries occur as a result of falls, being struck by an object, collisions and overexertion during unorganized or informal sports activities.
- About 60 percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice.
About 20 percent of children and adolescents participating in sports activities are injured each year, and one in four injuries is considered serious.