Sports and Recreational Injuries

This interactive table provides estimates of the number and rate of injuries treated in hospital emergency departments associated with various sports and recreational activities. Because the list of sports is not complete, and the frequency and duration of participation is unknown, no inference should be made concerning the relative safety of these sports and recreational activities.

Use this table to explore the frequency of injuries by specific sport or activity, the age groups most often injured, and the sex most often injured. It will also detail if the victim was treated and released. For example, with regard to bicycle and accessory injuries, the number of injuries is trending down (457,266 injuries in 2017), the age group with the highest injury rate is 5- to 14-year-olds, more than twice as many males are injured as females (336,621 males vs. 120,645 females), and 90% of injury victims are treated in emergency departments and released.

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