Sports Injuries in Children

W. Steven Pray, PhD, DPh; Joshua J. Pray, PharmD candidate


US Pharmacist. 2004;29(10) 

In This Article

Anatomical Sites of Sports Injuries, and How Injuries Occur

The most injury-prone areas are the upper limbs, comprising as many as 46% of injuries, followed by the lower limbs (36%), head and neck (15%), and trunk (3%).[5] In the U.S. from 1997 to 1999, about 1.1 million injuries involved the head or neck areas, of which 17% were internal head injuries. Sports are a major cause of traumatic brain injury.[16] Those who play football are most likely to injure the knee; the next most common injury sites in football are the ankle, wrist, and hand.[6]

Sports injuries are most often due to being struck by or striking an object, accounting for 34% of incidents.[3] Falls cause 28% of injuries, and overexertion causes 13%.