The epidemiology of sports injuries in school-aged children

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 1996 Oct;6(5):281-6.


In the 5-year-period 1988-1992, 6096 children aged 6-17 (54.5% boys and 45.5% girls) were treated at the Emergency Department at Esbjerg Central Hospital after having sustained a sports injury. The data were registered according to the European Home- and Leisure-Accident Surveillance System (EHLASS) protocol. We found a total incidence rate in the municipality of Esbjerg of 73.3 per 1000 per year. Boys were most often injured in soccer, skateboard, handball, gymnastics and basketball, and girls in handball, horse-riding, gymnastics, basketball and roller-skating. The types of injuries were contusions 37.1%, fractures 22.0%, sprains 24.8%, wounds 9.5%, strains 5.0% and luxations 1.4%. The hospitalization rate was 3.8%. Compared to other studies the total incidence rate was high.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Distribution
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Child
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Students*
  • Urban Health