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Basketball Injuries in Young Athletes on the Rise

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Basketball is a popular high school sport in the U.S. with 1 million participants annually. A study by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital (http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/) examined data relating to adolescents 13-19 years of age who were treated in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) and those treated in the high school athletic training setting for an injury associated with basketball. Nationally, 1,514,957 patients with basketball-related injuries were treated in EDs and 1,064,551 were treated in the athletic training setting. "That's a lot of injuries, that's a lot of medical care and a lot of time lost from a sport that kids really like to play," said Lara McKenzie, PhD (http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/lara-b-mckenzie), the study's lead author and principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy (http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/injury-research-and-policy) at Nationwide Children's. Because only 42 percent of high schools have athletic trainers on staff a vast majority of injured players wind up in urgent care facilities and emergency departments, some unnecessarily. That's why having athletic trainers on site during sports practice and competition is so important. "We are there to prevent injuries, evaluate them quickly, treat them immediately and try our best to make sure that as we return them to play we do it in the most safe and efficient way possible," said Kerry Waple, ATC (http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/kerry-e-waple), certified athletic trainer in Sports Medicine (http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/sports-medicine) at Nationwide Children's.