Inj Prev doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041757
  • Brief report

Trends in paediatric sports-related injuries presenting to US emergency departments, 2001–2013

  1. Teresa M Bell
  1. Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  1. Correspondence to Demetria Bayt, Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, 702 Rotary Circle, Suite 022, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA; drbayt{at}
  • Received 9 July 2015
  • Revised 6 October 2015
  • Accepted 20 October 2015
  • Published Online First 23 December 2015


This descriptive epidemiology study describes trends in paediatric sports-related injuries resulting from 21 selected sports presenting to US emergency departments (EDs) over a 13-year period. The study was a retrospective study using data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) for years 2001–2013. Inclusion criteria included people in the NEISS for injuries related to one of the 21 selected sports and between the ages of 5 and 18 years. Frequencies and linear regressions were calculated using provided sample weights. The results indicated there was a statistically significant increase of 10 010 nationally estimated selected sports-related injuries per year. Football, basketball, soccer and baseball resulted in 74.7% of the total national estimate for sports-related injuries presenting to US EDs for 2001–2013 for children aged 5–18 years. The results indicate that the number of paediatric sports-related injuries treated in US EDs has increased annually from 2001 to 2013.

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