Data: How often does EMS respond to injured football players

ePCR data from more than 1,000 EMS agencies filtered to understand frequency and type of football players injuries


Injured athletes treated by EMS have always received local media coverage, but the glare is brightening with increasing concern about the long-term severity of football injuries with the concurrent decline in youth football participation in the United States.

There is a football field, likely many, in every EMS response area. Those fields are used by grade school, middle school, high school and college players for practice and games from mid-summer to early winter. How many football fields are in your response area and how often are those fields in use?  

Football injuries and illness

Football players, like most athletes in contact sports, are at risk of traumatic injury and medical illness during practice and competition. The injuries and illnesses most commonly associated with football include:

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