Injury Research and Policy Basketball Research :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Basketball Research

A study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy examined basketball-related injuries treated in emergency departments among children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 19 years. The study found that between 1997 and 2007, there were over 4 million basketball-related injuries. While the number of injuries decreased 22 percent over the course of the study, the average number of injuries per year (373,350) remained high. Data from the study revealed that despite the downward trend in overall injuries, the number of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which carry significant risk, had increased (70 percent) over the 11-year study period. Many athletes do not recognize the symptoms of concussions or do not report them to coaches and athletic trainers. Researchers recommend educating athletes, coaches, and parents to recognize and report on suspected concussions to managing them effectively and helping to prevent future injuries.

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