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Children's Sports Injuries Are They Avoidable?by Barry Goldberg, MD, Philip A. Witman, BA, Gilbert W. Gleim, BS, James A. Nicholas MDInstitute for Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma, New York, NY - last modified 2013-02-10 00:00
The Physician and Sportsmedicine, Vol. 7, No. 9, September 1979.


The increase in children's sports participation has prompted interest in the risk of injury. Several epidemiological surveys of childhood athletes, predominantly the older age-groups, have delineated the frequency and types of injuries incurred, but the overall injury problem has not yet been studied because current data exclude children who are not on organized teams. Also, attempts to assess the etiological factors have been limited.

This study explores childhood sports injuries from the perspective of a pediatric patient population at a health maintenance organization (HMO). Because of the captive nature of the patient population, we attempted a detailed search for the etiological factors of each injury. A surprisingly high percentage of the injuries were found to be avoidable.