Friday, September 4, 2009

Parents - Are Your Ready For High School Football & Wrestling?

Sports Chiropractor Miami Beach:
High School Football & Wrestling Athletes Suffer Highest Rate Of Severe Injuries
According to the first study to examine severe injuries, high school wrestlers and football players experience the highest rate of severe injuries that caused high school athletes to miss more than 21 days of sport participation among a nationally representative sample of high school athletes. Severe injuries accounted for 15 percent of all high school sport-related injuries.

According to the American Journal of Sports Medicine and by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, males experienced a higher rate of severe injuries.

"Twenty-nine percent of severe injuries occurred to the knee, making it the most commonly injured body site," explained the study's co-author Christy Collins, CIRP research associate at Nationwide Children's Hospital. "The ankle accounted for 12 percent followed by shoulder at 11 percent."

The most severe and common injury diagnoses were
·Fractures 36%
·Complete ligament sprains 15%
·Incomplete ligament sprains 14%

Commonly fractured body sites included
·The hand and finger 18%
·Ankle 14%
·Wrist 11%

Sports studied included football, boys' and girls' soccer, volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, wrestling, and baseball and softball. Data for the study were collected from the 2005-2007 National High School Sports Injury Surveillance Study


Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.