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What are the most frequent sports-related injuries requiring visits to the emergency room for children and young adults?

Injuries associated with basketball and cycling are the most frequent sports-related injuries requiring visits to emergency rooms among children ages 5 to 14.

Approximate Number of Children’s Sports Injuries per Year Requiring Visits to Emergency Rooms
Sport Number of Emergency Room Visits
Basketball and cycling 475,000
Playground injuries 206,900
Football 194,000
Baseball and softball 117,000
Ice or roller skating, in-line skating, and skateboarding 109,600
Soccer 75,000
Trampolines 80,000
Sledding and skiing/snowboarding 44,000
Gymnastics 23,500

The most common types of sport-related injuries in children are sprains (mostly ankle), muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and heat-related illness. Baseball has the highest fatality rate among sports for children ages 5–14 with three or four children dying from baseball injuries each year.


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