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• 10% of all college football players sustain brain injuries. Football players with brain injuries are six times as likely to sustain new injuries. (Brain Injury Association of America)

• How many college football injuries occur in a year?
An average of 20,718 (Datalys Center -NCAA Injury Surveillance Center.)

• How many lower back, pelvis injuries occur in a year?
An average of 627 per year. (Datalys Center -NCAA Injury Surveillance Center.)

• How many reported concussions occur in a year?
An average of 1,364 per year. (Datalys Center -NCAA Injury Surveillance Center.)

• How many reported Head/Face injuries occur per year?
An average of 1,476 per year. (Datalys Center -NCAA Injury Surveillance Center.)

• How many Neck/ Cervical Spine injuries occur in a year?
An average of 841 a year. (Datalys Center -NCAA Injury Surveillance Center.)

• What is the most common football injury?
Knee injuries with a reported 3,774 a year. (Datalys Center -NCAA Injury Surveillance Center.)

Average medical cost for injuries:

Neck:
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An average of $20,000 (Surgery.com)

Knee:

- An average of $11,500 for ACL
- An average of $11,000 for Meniscus tear. (NewChoiceHealth.com)

Neurosurgeon:
- $143,500 (Alaska Brain Network)

Spinal Cord Injury:

Severity of Injury
Average Yearly Expenses
(in 2009 dollars)
Estimated Lifetime Costs by
Age At Injury
(discounted at 2%)
First Year
Each Subsequent Year
25 years old
50 years old
High Tetraplegia (C1-C4)
$829,843
$148,645
$3,273,270
$1,926,992
Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8)
$535,877
$60,887
$1,850,805
$1,172,070
Paraplegia
$303,220
$30,855
$1,093,669
$745,951
Incomplete Motor Functional
at Any Level
$244,562
$17,139
$729,560
$528,726

Source:National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
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