Study shows facial injuries are common sports-related injuries among children
According to an article in the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s journal, “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,” facial fractures are common sports-related injuries among children.
In a five-year study, researchers studied 167 children and adolescents whose sports-related fractions sent them to the emergency room.
The study found that of all facial fractures in children, 10.6 percent were sports related, according to ASPS.
ASPS found that 80 percent of the injured patients were boys, and most were between the ages of 12 and 15.
The most common facial fracture amongst children, according to the ASPS study, was a nasal fracture (40 percent). Fractures around the eye accounted for 34 percent of the injuries and 31 percent of the injuries were skull fractures.
According to the study, the majority of the injuries occurred when a child was trying to catch a ball. The second-most common reason was a collision with another player.