Participation in recreational sports activities is one of the leading causes of injuries in children and youths. Every year, millions of children in the U.S. participate in sports such as baseball, softball basketball, soccer, football, swimming and other sports. While such activities can help a child’s development, they can often lead to various types of youth sports injuries and accidents.

Below are some youth sports accidents statistics. These were compiled from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National SAFE Kids Campaign, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The statistics mainly apply to children 14 years of age and younger.

Youth sports accidents among children aged 14 years and younger:

  • An estimated 3.5 million children are injured in some fashion through participation in recreational sports.
  • Every year, over 775,000 children require hospital treatment due to participation in sports activities.
  • 1 out of every 4 children’s sports injuries are considered serious.
  • 62% of children’s sports injuries occur during practice sessions.
  • 21% of head trauma incidents among children are due to sports. A majority of head trauma cases in children are due to bicycling, skateboarding, and skating activities.
  • Prior to puberty, girls are injured more frequently than boys in sports, but during and after puberty, boys suffer more sports injuries than girls.
  • The severity of sports-related injuries among children increases as the child gets older.
  • Youths who are new at a sport and just beginning are more likely to get injured than more experienced participants.
  • Half of middle and high school injuries result from over use of a particular joint or muscle.
  • Up to 85% of bicycling-related head injuries may be prevented through the use of proper helmet and headgear.
  • Baseball is associated with the highest fatality rate for persons age 5-14, and three to four children die each year from baseball injuries.

Number of hospital emergency room visits by sport for children ages 5 to 14 in 2009:

  • Football: 215,00 children, and around 10,000 children are hospitalized due to these injuries
  • Bicycling: Over 200,000 children
  • Basketball: Over 170,000 children
  • Baseball/softball: Around 110,000 children
  • Soccer: 88,000 children
  • Skateboarding: Over 66,000 children, and more than 4,500 children hospitalized due to these injuries
  • Trampolines: 65,000 children
  • In-line/Roller skating: 47,000 children
  • Skiing/Snowboarding: Over 25,000
  • Ice Hockey: 20,000
  • Sledding/tobogganing: Over 16,000
  • Trampolines: 65,000 children?

Seeking Legal Help

Youth sports injury lawsuits can often involve monetary damages awards to help cover medical bills, insurance fees, rehab and therapy costs, and other economic considerations. You may wish to contact a personal injury lawyer if you need help filing a personal injury claim that involves children’s sports. Your lawyer can help identify the key legal issue in your case, and can represent you during the litigation process.