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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 26, 2016

High-Risk College Sports

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JAMA. 2016;315(4):338. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.18762

More than 200 000 college athletes are injured in competition or practice each year, with men’s football and wrestling posing the highest risks, according to data that schools report to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

A recent analysis of the NCAA data showed that during the 5 academic years from 2009 to 2014, an estimated 1 053 370 injuries occurred during 176.7 million athlete exposures, measured as a single athlete’s participation in 1 competition or practice (Kerr ZY et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64[48]:1330-1336).

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