Sports and Play Safety

Each year, more than 1.35 million children are seen in emergency departments with sports-related injuries. We work in the following areas to help kids stay healthy, active and safe so they can keep playing the sports they love. 

Bicycle, Skateboard and Other Wheeled-Sport Injuries

Did You Know?

  • Every two minutes, a child is treated in an emergency room for an unintentional cycle-related incident.
  • More children are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to riding toys than any other toy.
  • Helmet use is the most effective way to reduce bicycle-related fatalities.
  • Non-motorized scooters cause more injuries to kids than any other toy.
  • If 85% of all children wore helmets every time they rode their bike for one year, an average of $109 to $142 million in lifetime medical costs would be saved.

Preventing Sports Injuries

Did You Know?

  • More than 38 million children participate in sports each year in the United States.
  • One in three children who plays a team sport is injured seriously enough to miss practice or games.
  • Girls are up to eight times more likely to have an ACL injury than boys
  • Most organized sports-related injuries (62 percent) occur during practice rather than in games.
  • The most common types of sports-related injuries among children are sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries and heat-related illness.