Wednesday, July 08, 2009

About kids' sports injuries and hospital visits

New data gleaned from an analysis of children visiting hospitals. No surprise - sports injuries are keeping docs busy. Surprising (to me) - boys seek treatment in far greater numbers than girls. The disparity is huge - that's the surprise.

Some of the findings:

* 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.

Thanks to Bill Salganik and to

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