A new study sheds some light on which sports are more likely to produce severe injuries, derailing athletic participation for weeks.
Football was No. 1, with the highest injury rate -- 0.69 per 1,000 athletic events (with an "event" defined as one practice or competition). Second was wrestling, then girls' basketball and girls' soccer.
While the injury rate was higher in all boys' sports versus all girls' sports, when injuries in certain sports (soccer, basketball, baseball/softball) were directly compared, the results were different: Girls had a higher severe injury rate overall than boys, and girls' basketball ranked higher in injuries than boys' basketball.
The study also described which parts of the body took the most hits. Knees were on top, followed by the ankle and shoulder.
The most common diagnoses were fractures, complete ligament sprains and incomplete ligament sprains. Among all the severe injuries, 28.3% needed surgery.
The study appears in the September issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine.