1 in 5 emergency room visits—or 3.65 million emergency room visits per year—are the result of participation in sports, recreation or exercise.
Approximately 715,000 sports and recreation injuries occur each year in school settings while high school athletes alone account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations annually.
About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year.
Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries, and 27,000 have injuries serious enough to be hospitalized.
Snowboarding injuries accounted for a quarter of all emergency-room visits related to outdoor sports injuries according to a new Federal report.
Gymnastics has the same clinical incidence of catastrophic injuries as ice hockey. On average nearly 27,000 injuries are reported each year -- nearly 426,000 injuries during the 16-year period.
"40,000 patients were treated in U.S. emergency departments for rock climbing-related injuries between 1990 and 2007.
Who Needs the Code Amber Alertag?
Members of the public: Individuals who may at some time require health care services due to an emergency incident including natural disasters and terrorism.
On-site care provider: Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and other medically trained emergency responders who provide care while at, or in transport from, the site of an emergency.
Clinicians: Healthcare providers located at a Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) with responsibility for treating emergency incident victims. This includes emergency physicians, emergency nurses, and all other clinical and ancillary personnel at the MTF.
What do first responders need?
Timely electronic access to current critical health information relating to the assessment, stabilization and treatment of emergency incident victims which can be securely exchanged between on-site care providers, medical treatment facilities, and health practitioners.