Sports participation is on the rise for children and adolescents in the United States. Each year, more than 20 million American youth participate in school or community sports. This results in approximately one million serious sports-related injuries occurring annually, requiring hospitalization, surgery, missed school, or at least half a day in bed. The social and economic consequences related to sports injury incidents are substantial, and are estimated to cost thousands of millions of dollars in the U.S. each year.
It is estimated that sports-related injuries account for 41 percent of musculoskeletal injury treated in emergency rooms in 5- to 21-year-olds. These injuries include:
Overuse injuries that are a consequence of competitive year-round participation and specialization in one sport. Types include:
Spinal Cord Injuries:
The Center was originally chartered to focus on sport injury prevention, and it continues to conduct research and educational programs to address how youth and adolescents can enjoy lifelong optimal health by avoiding sport-related injuries during their formative years.
Jenna Craft is a member of the Class of 2009 at Pinckney Community High School. She first tore her ACL at the age of 12 playing basketball for a community league team. Following 15 months of surgery and rehabilitation, she went back to sports, this time girls' soccer, only to tear the ACL in her other knee. Yet another round of surgery and rehabilitation ensued. Today, she devotes her time to studies and soccer as a forward on the Lady Pirates.