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By: Old Hickory Trojan


The overall injury rate in NCAA football is 8.1 injuries per 1,000 athlete exposures (games and practices combined). There were more than 41,000 injuries and 25 million athlete exposures from 2004 to 2009.

• Football players are nearly seven times more likely to be injured during a game than in practice. • Ligament sprains are the most common injury reported, accounting for more than 30 percent

of all injuries, with the lateral ligaments of the ankle and medial collateral ligaments of

the knee most commonly affected.
• Concussions make up 7.4 percent of all injuries in college football players.
• The preseason has the highest injury rate (9.7 per 1,000 athlete exposures) compared

with in-season (7.5) and the postseason (4.2). (Note: does not include spring ball.)
• The greatest incidence for adverse events such as fatalities, heat illness and collapse is more often during transitions such as the rst and second day of preseason and after a

break period from practice. 

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