Sports Injuries Raise Cost of Active Life
Is Injury the Price of a Healthy Lifestyle
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Sports Injuries Hurt Adults, Too continued...
Males had nearly twice the rate of sports injuries compared
with females, and most injuries occurred at a sports facility (31%), at school
(20%), or around the home (17%). Sports injuries were most often the result of
being struck by an object, falling, or overextension of a joint or muscle.
Nearly two-thirds of those sports injuries were reported among
people between the ages of 5 and 24, and injury rates were highest among the 5-
to 14-year-old age group, with an average of 59 injuries per 1,000
But one-fourth of the sports-related injuries occurred among
adults 25-44 years old, an age group commonly overlooked by most injury
prevention efforts, says Gilchrist. The type of sport or recreational activity
responsible for the highest number of injuries also varied by age, and the top
five injury-causing activities among the three age groups studied were:
5-14 years -- Pedal cycling, basketball, football, playground
15-24 years -- Basketball, football, exercising, soccer,
Over 25 years -- Recreational sports, exercising, basketball, pedal
Recreational sports include racquet sports such as tennis and
badminton, as well as golf, fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain climbing, and
other non-team leisure sports.
Taking the Aches and Pains out of Physical Activity
To reduce the risk of sports-related injuries while still
reaping the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle, Gilchrist says it's
important for adults to pick a recreational activity or sport that's
appropriate for their physical capabilities, age, competition level, and
But sports injury specialist Jon Schriner, DO, says many adult
athletes seem to be stuck in a 16-year-old mindset, which can put them at
"They play like they are 16, but excuse me, you're 30, 40,
50, etc." says Schriner, who is medical director of the Michigan Center for
Athletic Medicine in Flint, Mich. "So they play with the same vigor
forever, and you can't tell an active person to back off."
He says the big issue between the recreational adult athlete
and younger athletes who play in supervised sports is in the level of
preparticipation preparation and supervision they receive. Before student
athletes step on the playing field under the coach's supervision, they usually
receive aerobic conditioning, strength training, and flexibility training.