P.E. Class Injuries

Friday, November 27, 2009

A study shows a 150 percent increase in the number of physical education class injuries that resulted in emergency room visits. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at the study in todays 60 Second Housecall.

The number of students who end up in emergency rooms because of physical education class injuries has increased significantly over the past decade.

Researchers analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance Study. They found that the annual number of P.E. injuries increased 150 percent from 1997 to 2007.

Boys and girls tended to have different types of injuries. Boys were more likely to sustain head injuries, or sustain a fracture or cuts, during group activities. Girls were more likely to have sprains or strains to the lower extremities. Most of these injuries occurred during individual activities.

During the 11-year study period, there were an estimated 405,305 injuries in P.E. classes that resulted in emergency room visits.

Middle-schoolers accounted for half of the injuries. Elementary schools and high schools each had about one-quarter of the injuries.

Nearly all patients were treated and released. Three-quarters of those who remained hospitalized were boys.

Researchers called for additional research into the causes of the overall increase.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.