TABLE 2

Estimated Number and Rate of Cheerleading-Related Injuries Treated in US Hospital EDs From 1990 Through 2002 for the 3 Most Commonly Injured Body Parts and Injury Types According to Age Group

Age Group
5–18 y6–11 y12–17 y
Body part injureda
    Lower extremity
        Total, n (%)77 590 (37.2)6651 (29.1)67 949 (38.4)
        Average number per year59685125227
        Number per 1000 participants per yearN/A0.43.1
    Upper extremity
        Total, n (%)54 974 (26.4)9379 (41.0)44 149 (25.0)
        Average number per year42297213396
        Number per 1000 participants per yearN/A0.52.0
    Head/neck
        Total, n (%)39 112 (18.8)3693 (16.2)32 660 (18.5)
        Average number per year30092842512
        Number per 1000 participants per yearN/A0.21.5
Type of injuryb
    Strain/sprain
        Total, n (%)108 981 (52.4)10 241 (44.7)94 960 (53.8)
        Average number per year83837887305
        Number per 1000 participants per yearN/A0.64.3
    Soft tissue injury
        Total, n (%)38 412 (18.4)3850 (16.8)32 479 (18.4)
        Average number per year29552962498
        Number per 1000 participants per yearN/A0.21.5
    Fracture/dislocation
        Total, n (%)34 230 (16.4)5754 (25.1)27 566 (15.6)
        Average number per year26334432120
        Number per 1000 participants per yearN/A0.31.3
  • The percentages represent the percentage of children in each age group who sustained each category of injury.

  • a The body part injured was not documented for 330 cases.

  • b Type of injury was not documented for 497 cases.