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Injuries and Prevention

March 02, 2012

Common Fractures in Sports

Hand and wrist fractures are very common in sports such as field hockey and lacrosse. In fact, studies have identified hand and wrist fractures as the third most common injury among high school field hockey and lacrosse players. Injury rates in these athletes are 2.89 per 1,000 athletic exposures for boys and 2.54 per 1,000 athletic exposures for girls.

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March 02, 2012

Common Basketball Injuries

Given the amount of lateral movement, pivoting, and jumping that is required to be successful in a sport such as basketball, it is no surprise that participating athletes are at risk for injury. In fact, there are 1.6 million injuries related to basketball, reported each year.  Of these injuries, 574,000 occur in children ages 5-14.

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March 02, 2012

Back Injuries in Sports

Back pain is a very common malady in the general population. As a sports participant, the chances of developing a back injury or pain are even greater. It has been shown that heavy physical exercise is correlated with back injury and degenerative spine changes.

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March 02, 2012

Common Knee Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. Incidence of tears is about 200,000 per year in the United States, with 100,000 of these undergoing surgical repairs. In general, the incidence of ACL injury is higher in people who participate in higher risk sports, such as basketball, football, soccer and lacrosse.

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March 02, 2012

Common Injuries in Soccer

Of the approximately 150,000 soccer-related injuries that occur each year, 45% occur in participants under the age of 15.  Lower extremity injuries account for up to 81% of all injuries, with ankle injuries accounting for up to 23% of injuries.

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