Sports injuries result from acute trauma or repetitive
stress associated with athletic activities. Sports injuries can affect
bones or soft tissue (ligaments, muscles, tendons).
Adults are less likely to suffer sports injuries than
children, whose vulnerability is heightened by immature reflexes, an
inability to recognize and evaluate risks, and underdeveloped
In 2002, about 20.3 million Americans suffered a
sports injury. Of those, 53% were minor enough to be self-treated or left
untreated. However, about 7 million Americans annually receive medical
attention for their sports-related injuries. That equates to almost 26 per
1,000 people. The highest rate is among children age five to 14 years old
(59.3 per 1,000 people). As many as 20% of children who play sports get
hurt, and about 25% of their injuries are classified as serious. Boys age
12 to 17 are the highest risk group. More than 775,000 boys and girls
under age 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related
Injury rates are highest for athletes who
participate in contact sports, but the most serious injuries are
associated with individual activities. Between one-half and two-thirds of
childhood sports injuries occur during practice, or in the course of
unorganized athletic activity.
Dr. McBride is highly committed to the atheletes she
treats and has been very successful especially with students.