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New insight into fracture epidemiology in high school athletes

from Internal Medicine News

More than 568,000 fractures occur annually in U.S. high school athletes who participate in nine major sports, according to a new four year study. Fractures accounted for 10.1 percent of all high school athletic injuries as well as 27 percent of all injuries requiring surgery, second only to complete ligament sprains, 30 percent of which underwent surgical repair, Natalie McIlvain said at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. Foul play as determined by referee, coach, or athletic trainer played a role in 9.3 percent of all fractures, according to Ms. McIlvain of the center for injury research and policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. more

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