22 percent of kids’ hospital visits sports related

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has sifted through the numbers in the 2006 report “Sports Injuries in Children Requiring Hospital Emergency Care” and come up with some interesting observations.

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  • Twenty-two percent of kids’ hospital visits came on account of sports-related bruises, scrapes and broken bones
  • Three times more boys than girls needed hospital treatment for sports injuries
  • Teens were five times more likely than younger children to need sports-related emergency room treatment
  • In almost 99 percent of sports-related emergency room visits, the children were treated and released without hospitalization

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