Not All Recreational Sports Injuries May Be Known

MedPage: “Amidst a flurry of new sports and recreation injury studies, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has found that one-half of Americans with such injuries went to a doctor’s office for treatment in 2011-2014 — far more than emergency departments (ED).”

The post continues: The report also found that males suffered 61.3% of all the injuries, and that falls were the leading injury cause, followed by overexertion and contact.”

“The report is important, Sheu and others said, because it accounts for injuries in addition to those reported to emergency rooms and hospitals — a common limitation for sports and recreation injury studies. ‘These injury episodes were medically-attended, for which a healthcare professional was contacted, either in person or by telephone, for advice or treatment,’ the report noted.”

“It featured the first national estimates of sports and recreation injuries not limited to ER data in 15 years, and included injuries sustained in ‘general exercise’ and yoga. Data for the analysis came from the CDC’s regular National Health Interview Survey.”