Sports injuries as seen at an accident and emergency department

Scott Med J. 1988 Aug;33(4):296-7. doi: 10.1177/003693308803300405.


We present certain characteristics of 1,000 consecutive patients who attended an Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) with an injury sustained as a result of sport. The majority of injuries occurred as a result of football. Sports injuries had a higher requirement of X-ray than general trauma patients. A minority were treated at the site of injury. A fifth of patients required no treatment or a simple dressing. Commonest treatment was a support bandage. Only 2% required immediate in-patient treatment. Those affected by sports injuries tend to be young and of working age and may lose work time as a result of their injuries and therefore appropriate treatment is justified.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Child
  • Emergencies
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • First Aid
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Factors