Statistics About The Most Dangerous High School Sports

Football has the highest incidence of injuries among high school sports, with a higher risk of concussions compared to other sports.

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"Cheerleading causes 65% of catastrophic injuries in girls high school athletics."

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"Boys high school ice hockey has a high rate of injuries with 51.3 per 10,000 athletic exposures."

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"Men's wrestling has a concussion rate of 9.2%, making it one of the riskiest high school sports."

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"Girl's soccer ranks second in high school sports-related concussions with 8.2% of all injuries being concussions."

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"Approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries occur during high school sports each year."

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"Boys' lacrosse sees an estimated 3,960 injuries annually in high school athletes."

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"Around 48.3% of high school athletic-related injuries occurs in boys' football."

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"Girls basketball accounts for 9.8% of all injuries sustained by high school athletes."

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"Female high school athletes have concussion rates twice as high as their male counterparts."

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"37% of public high schools in the United States have no athletic trainers to help prevent and treat injuries."

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"There are three times as many catastrophic football injuries among high school athletes as compared with college athletes."

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"A study found that the rate of injury was significantly higher in competition (54.8) than in practice (14.9) per 10,000 athlete exposures across all sports."

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"40% of high school athletes who suffer severe injuries return to play before they should."

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"About 16% of high school athletes have experienced symptoms of a concussion in the past year."

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"High school athletes in the United States suffer 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year."

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"From 1982 to 2019, there were 643 football-related fatalities for high school players."

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"Not using a helmet in high school skateboarding results in over 40% of head injuries sustained during the sport."

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