An Uneven Playing Fields for Sports Injuries

Adolescents everywhere play sports, but sports injuries are are riskier in low- and middle-income countries than in wealthier nations. A study built on WHO Global School-Based Student Health data found that uneven terrains, playing in the streets, and a lack of resources to operate on injuries like torn ACLs all contribute.
 
The survey of 13-17 year olds in 14 African countries found that 23 million African adolescents  suffered injuries playing sports each year from 2003–2014. Boys were far more injury-prone than girls.
 
Using limited public data, the research aims to lay the foundation for more study of adolescent sports injuries in LMICs.
 
Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health

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