July 3, 2003
(Atlanta-AP) -- Basketball causes the most sports injuries, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An article in Injury Prevention says basketball accounted for 14.4 percent of all injury episodes in the survey conducted from 1997 to 1999.
Pedal cycling, recreational sports and exercising were the next three most common causes of injury.
Men reported sports injuries at more than twice the rate of women -- 69 percent to 31 percent. Men were most often injured during basketball or football, while women usually got hurt during exercising or gymnastics.
Sue Binder, director of the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, says physical activity is a cornerstone for good health. But she also says appropriate physical conditioning, the use of safety gear and community involvement are necessary to reduce injuries.
Twenty percent of injured students missed at least one day of school, and more than 25 percent of injured workers missed at least one day of work. Nearly one-third of sports injuries happened at a sports facility.
Schools ranked second with 20 percent of injuries, followed by homes at 16.5 percent.
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