According to the most recent statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations, nearly 8 million teenagers participate in high school sports. That doubles the number of kids who participated in the 1971-72 school year. But just like when you put more cars on the road, you’re bound to have more crashes. With more kids participating, the statistics reflect a rise in injuries.
High school sports injuries are tracked by researchers at the University of Colorado Denver. They’re currently working with athletic trainers to update the most recent statistics collected after the 2015 school year. Back then they found 240 schools reported 9,273 injuries in 22 sports.
So, let’s break down the list of high school sports injury statistics by looking at the sports with the most injuries and the most common types athletic trainers encounter.