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High school athletic injuries rated.

High school athletic injuries rated

High school football players face an injury risk surpassing that of all other student athletes. That's no surprise to worried parents concerned about their kids' participation in the hardhitting sport. But a new report suggests most high school football injuries are minor scrapes and sprains.

Larry G. McLain of the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., studied 1,283 students participating in hihg school athletics during the 1987-1988 academic year, finding football led the injury list with 61 percent of all participants getting injured during the year.

But McLain found sprains, muscle strains and bruises accounted for most football injuries. In contrast, track participants were more likely to suffer a serious injury, such as a broken bone, that kept them sidelined longer. On average, injured football players couldn't return to their sport for about 6.7 days, while track participants stayed out of play an average of 32 days per injury for girls and 23.1 days for boys. McLain, who now directs the Parkside Sports Medicien Center in Parkridge, Ill., describes his findings in the September PEDIATRICS.
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