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TABLE 1

Overall Injury Rates in Girls’ High School Sports5,7,8 

SportOverall Injury Rate (per 1000 Exposures)Catastrophic Injury Rate (per 100 000 Exposures)
Cheerleading 0.9 0.50–1.62a 
Gymnastics 8.5 0.44 
Soccer 5.3 0.03 
Basketball 4.4 0.03 
Field hockey 3.7 0.00 
Softball 3.5 0.02 
Volleyball 1.7 0.00 
SportOverall Injury Rate (per 1000 Exposures)Catastrophic Injury Rate (per 100 000 Exposures)
Cheerleading 0.9 0.50–1.62a 
Gymnastics 8.5 0.44 
Soccer 5.3 0.03 
Basketball 4.4 0.03 
Field hockey 3.7 0.00 
Softball 3.5 0.02 
Volleyball 1.7 0.00 
a

Injury rate is 1.62 when based on 123 644 actual exposures reported by the NFHS for competitive cheer squads. Injury rate is 0.50 when based on 400 000 exposures estimated by the NFHS for all types of cheer teams (competitive and noncompetitive).

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