Why playing ball puts teenagers in hospital

2019-03-07 04:07:16

BASKETBALL, cycling and American football are the three sports most likely to put children in hospital in the US. Tina Cheng at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC surveyed visits to seven local hospitals. She found that basketball led to the most visits to hospital, followed by cycling and American football. Cycling injuries were the most likely to result in hospital admissions (Pediatrics, vol 105, p e32). Over two years, around 5 per cent of urban teenagers visited hospital with sporting injuries. Although none of the 2563 injuries was fatal,