01 Oct Player’s Health releases report detailing injuries, treatments during National Cup XVII Finals
Players First partner Player’s Health has released a medical report, documenting all reported injuries and treatment incurred by competing players during the National Cup XVII Finals, held July 20-24 in Aurora, Colo.
In its support of advancing the Players First pillar of Player Health & Safety, Player’s Health deployed eight certified athletic trainers and supporting personnel with Player’s Health technology to track and manage injuries that occurred during the Finals. Typically, injury data is rarely collected in youth sports. This detailed study counters that lack of reporting with valuable data regarding types of injuries, player positions, time-of-day influence and more.
A total of 206 teams from across the country competed over the five-day period, resulting in 220 incident reports. Of those, 169 of those athletes were cleared to return to play after receiving medical treatment, while the remaining 51 were held out.
Player’s Health estimates a cost savings of $22,537 for parents and teams if Player’s Health medical staff were not on-site. These costs were calculated based on billing CPT Codes and medical services charges in Colorado. Along with specific injury treatments, 1,700 bags of ice were used, and 83 players had their ankles wrapped.
Other key findings are detailed below.
Injuries by location on the body
- 8 percent were ankle injuries
- 3 percent were knee injuries
- 8 percent were foot injuries
- 6 percent were wrist injuries
- 5 percent were head/face injuries
Injury frequency by day
- July 20: 64 injuries
- July 21: 72 injuries
- July 22: 76 injuries
- July 23: 4 injuries
- July 24: 4 injuries
Temperature degrees each day (highs & lows in Fahrenheit – average temperature: 90.4 degrees)
- July 20: 95/65
- July 21: 96/68
- July 22: 95/63
- July 23: 77/59
- July 24: 89/60
Injury frequency by hour (local Colorado time)
- 11 a.m.: 47 injuries
- 3 p.m.: 36 injuries
- 1 p.m.: 24 injuries
- 12 p.m.: 22 injuries
- 4 p.m.: 22 injuries
- 2 p.m.: 20 injuries
- 10 a.m.: 17 injuries
- 9 a.m.: 6 injuries
- 5 p.m.: 8 injuries
- 6 p.m.: 8 injuries
- 7 p.m.: 5 injuries
- 8 p.m.: 2 injuries
Player’s Health previously released a similar report detailing these types of findings for the ENPL National Finals and 2018 Girls NPL Finals, which Player’s Health also serviced, July 12-16 in Aurora, Colo.
Player’s Health mobile technology promotes real-time communication between coaches and parents to best care for the health and well-being of these players, with HIPAA-compliant interface that simplifies the flow of athlete health information between parents, coaches and health care providers.
In May, Player’s Health introduced its Safety Needs Assessment online tool, a series of questions to help determine if your sports organization is effectively utilizing proper safety practices in sports, and potential barriers to these practices. Burks then provided a walkthrough of the needs assessment in a US Club Soccer live webinar. Most recently, Player’s Health provided another valuable resource: a video explanation of the SafeSport Authorization Act, impacting youth sports around the country.
US Club Soccer encourages its members to use this resource as an integral part of risk management policies and Player Health & Safety standards. Player’s Health is now free to use for all US Club Soccer members. Now, any US Club Soccer organization can access the risk management tools they need to easily stay on top of concussion protocol and injury tracking. We encourage clubs to use this resource to improve the health and safety of their athletes, and to take their risk management practices to the next level.
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