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February 13, 1967

Numbers and Types of Sports Injuries

JAMA. 1967;199(7):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120070119028

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To the Editor:—  An article in the "AMAgrams" of the Sept 26 issue refers to the AMA's Committee on the Medical Aspect of Sports and reads, "The Committee states that the knee is the most commonly injured major joint in athletics."This is contrary to our experience here at the University of Illinois, where the ankle is injured more than twice as often as the knee. Last year there were 301 ankle injuries and only 141 knee injuries. Table 1 summarizes part of our injury experience.We also classify sport injuries by type. In case there is some interest, I have also attached a listing of injuries to the ankle and knee by type (Table 2).