High school football players in the United States had the highest rate of injury during the 2005-06 school year, compared with athletes in other sports, according to a study.
Conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, based at Columbus Children’s Hospital in Ohio, the study used data from 100 schools across the country. It found that football players had an overall injury rate of 4.36 athletes injured per 100 participants, compared with under three athletes injured per 100 for wrestling and boys’ and girls’ soccer; 2.01 for girls’ basketball; and 1.89 for boys’ basketball. In addition, the study found that injury rates were higher in games than practices for all sports.
A version of this article appeared in the October 18, 2006 edition of Education Week