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Injury Rates in High School and Collegiate Athletics

Tolbert, Timothy A PhD, ATC1; McIlvain, Gary E EdD, ATC1; Giangarra, Chuck E MD2; Binkley, Helen M PhD, ATC/L, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - pp 82-87
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31821e2f93
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HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ATHLETES OVER THE PREVIOUS YEARS. THIS INCREASE IN SPORT PARTICIPATION LEADS TO A GREATER RESPONSIBILITY TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF INJURY AND MAKE ATHLETIC INVOLVEMENT SAFER. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO EXAMINE THE INJURY RATES OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS. INJURY RATES AT SPECIFIC JOINTS WILL BE ADDRESSED FOR THE MAJOR SPONSORED SPORTS. BY UNDERSTANDING INJURY RATES AND RECOGNIZING THE SPORT-SPECIFIC INJURIES, THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALISTS WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER DESIGN PROGRAMS THAT MAY REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF INJURY.

1Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia; 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia; and 3Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Timothy A. Tolbert is the athletic training program director at Marshall University.

Gary E. McIlvain is the department chair of the School of Kinesiology at Marshall University.

Chuck E.Giangarra is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.

Helen M. Binkley is an associate professor and a program director of the athletic training program at the Middle Tennessee State University.

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