Sports-related injuries: Who’s hurt?
The number of injuries sustained in professional sports in the U.S. has increased by more than 100% over the past 20 years, according to a study released Tuesday.
The Sports Injury Database, a nonprofit research group, found that the number of sports-related injury cases in the United States increased by nearly 8,000 over the same period.
In 2015, nearly 817,000 people suffered injuries in the workplace, according the study.
That figure is nearly double the number who died in accidents in 2016.
According to the study, the most common types of sports injuries in 2016 were neck injuries, shoulder and elbow injuries, and head and neck injuries.
Sports-associated head and shoulder injuries accounted for the second-highest number of cases.
Among sports that had the highest number of athletes injured were basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, track and field, swimming and diving, soccer, rugby, and golf.
Sports injury cases are typically divided into four categories, with more injuries occurring in more sports.
The study found that head and facial injuries accounted, on average, for more than two-thirds of all sports-associated injuries, with the most injuries occurring for those who had the most contact with the body.
The data released Tuesday also found that injuries from sports, specifically baseball and softball and football, were more common among men than women.
For example, the study found injuries from baseball were more likely to occur among men, and injuries from softball were more commonly among women.
The study also found more than 1,000,000 individuals had injuries in sports that were not immediately related to sports.
Sports injuries, which are generally diagnosed when a person becomes unconscious or has a seizure, are the most prevalent types of injuries in children and teenagers, the researchers said.
Sports injuries in young adults were more prevalent, accounting for approximately 2.2% of all injuries.
The researchers said the increase in injuries may be due to more athletes participating in sports in recent years, as well as more people being exposed to professional sports.
The authors wrote that they did not find a correlation between increased exposure to professional athletics and the increased risk of injury.
However, they said that if exposure to sports was a risk factor for injury, the association would be greater in those who played sports before they were older.