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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 23/30, 2002

Nonfatal Sports- and Recreation-Related Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments—United States, July 2000–June 2001

JAMA. 2002;288(16):1977-1979. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1977-JWR1023-3-1

MMWR. 2002;51:736-740

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Each year in the United States, an estimated 30 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports,1 and approximately 150 million adults participate in some type of nonwork-related physical activity.2 Engaging in these activities has numerous health benefits but involves a risk for injury. CDC analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) to characterize sports- and recreation-related injuries among the U.S. population. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicate that during July 2000–June 2001 an estimated 4.3 million nonfatal sports- and recreation-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments (EDs). Injury rates varied by sex and age and were highest for boys aged 10-14 years. Effective prevention strategies, including those tailored to specific activities and those aimed at children, adolescents, and adults, are needed to reduce sports- and recreation-related injuries in the United States.