It’s been extensively reported in recent releases issued by the American Journal of Sports Medicine that 300,000 sports-related injuries occur every passing year among high-school athletes.
According to the report, the agency investigated this high number by looking into the epidemiology of concussions high school students between 15 and 24 years of age were sustaining by comparing patterns and rates among 20 sports.
During the investigation period, researches used the help from certified athletic trainers and a data collection tool known as RIO to gather data from US high schools students who were engaged in 20 different sports during the period between the years of 2008 and 2010. According to the researchers, out of 7,780,064 athlete exposures, 1936 concussions and varied injuries were reported. Out of the total number of concussions, 47.1% were related to football, 8.2% of concussions were related to girls’ soccer, 5.8% related to wrestling and 5.5% related to girls’ basketball.
Researches intend to use the data they have collected with this study to create targeted preventive measures that will hopefully avoid or at least reduce the danger for concussions some high school athletes face.
As a personal injury lawyer, I’m glad that the American Journal of Sports Medicine conducted this research and hope that this effort will help prevent future incidents. I’d simply be heartbroken to learn that authorities and federal institutions did not heed the researchers’ advice.