Common Sports Injuries: Incidence and Average Charges. Common Type of Injury by Sport among Adults


According to NEISS, in 2012, among adults between the ages of 25 and 40 years, the most common injuries in basketball and soccer were fractured or sprained ankles and knees, followed by facial injuries and broken or dislocated fingers. The most common injuries among bicycle accidents included head injuries (concussions and fractures) and shoulder fractures or dislocations. In football, prevalent injuries included broken or dislocated fingers, shoulders or knees as well as less common but more serious head injuries. In baseball and softball, fractured or sprained ankles and knees were the most frequent injuries, followed by facial injuries.

Figure2: Common type of injury by sport among individual age 25 to 40 years

Source: ASPE computations from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for 2012

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