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AAOS: Youth Sport/Activity-Related Injuries Dip From 2000
Physician-perceived increases may be tied to several factors but not a jump in acute injuries

TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric sport/activity-related injuries decreased from 2000 to 2005 and 2010 for children aged 5 to 14 years, in contrast to physicians' perceptions that they have increased, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, held from March 19 to 23 in Chicago.

Shital Parikh, M.D., from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, used data from the National Electronic Injury Survey Surveillance System to examine the rates of injuries among 5- to 14-year-olds for eight sports/activities for 2000, 2005, and 2010.

The author found that there was a 14.1 percent decrease for 2005 and a 11.3 percent decrease for 2010 in the number of injuries from eight sports/activities among children aged 5 to 14 years. This corresponded with a 12.7 and 8.2 percent decrease in all injuries in this age group for 2005 and 2010. After controlling for the U.S. population of 5- to 14-year-olds, there was a decrease in the total injury incidence rate from 32.2 to 28.5 per 1,000 from 2000 to 2010. In five of eight activities, sports specific injuries decreased, with the maximal decreases seen in bicycle, roller sports, and trampoline related injuries (38.1, 20.8, and 17.5 percent, respectively). Compared with 2000, in 2010, there was a 5.5 percent increase in ball sport related injuries and a 24.9 percent decrease in recreational activity related injuries.

"The apparent increase in these injuries as reported by physicians, may be due to increased severity of injuries, increased overuse injuries, or increased diagnosis, but is not due to increase in the number of acute injuries," Parikh writes.

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