White House report highlights sports injuries

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just as March Madness sweeps the nation for college basketball fans, the White House is making an extra push to increase health care enrollment for young people with a report that says 1.9 million people sought emergency treatment from sports-related injuries in 2012.

The report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services says the most common injuries include leg fractures, ankle or knee sprains, facial injuries, broken or dislocated fingers, head concussions or fractures and shoulder fractures or dislocations.

The report says that injury rates are higher for children and young adults under age 25. An estimated 12 million people ages 5 to 22 are hurt while playing sports each year, which leads to 20 million lost days of school and $33 billion in health care costs.


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