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Youth sports safety statistics

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source: National Atheletic Trainers Association

year: N/A


  • There were as many as 50 sports-related deaths of young athletes in 2015, 25 in 2014, 32 in 2013, 33 in 2012, 39 in 2011 and 40 in 2010.
  • A total of 7.8 million student athletes participated in sports during the 2014-2015 academic year, an increase of 11,389 from the previous year.
  • Of those 7.8 million student athletes, 2.5 million participated in contact sports during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • In 2013, there were an estimated 1.35 million emergency room visits for injuries related to 14 commonly played sports in children ages 6-19.
  • In total, approximately 46.5 million children play team sports each year in the U.S.


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