On the Court: A Comprehensive Analysis of Basketball Facial Trauma

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With basketball gradually becoming increasingly popular across the United States, it is necessary for health care providers to understand injuries associated with the sport. We aim to determine the incidence of basketball-related facial injuries and further describe their patterns with regard to age, mechanism of injury, and degree of injury. An analysis of emergency department visits under the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System was conducted from 2015 through 2017. Chi-squared testing (χ 2 ) was performed to compare categorical variables. After a review of results, a total of 4,578 patients were included for analysis spanning a 3-year time period (2015-2017). Lacerations were the most common injury overall (57.9%). Nasal fractures were by far the most common fracture (76.1%), and elbows to the face and collisions with other players were the most common types of injury mechanisms (31 and 28.7%, respectively). Adolescents (aged 12-18 years) were the most frequently injured group (42.5%), although young adults (aged 19-34 years) were also frequently affected (30.1%). Basketball facial trauma remains a prominent issue. Our research, in correlation with previous research, shows that current precautions to injury are not widely observed or are ineffective to the extent of need for further reform. It thus becomes necessary to provide patient education and develop more practical methods for decreasing player injury.


This article was published in Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction, Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 266-270.

The published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0039-1679930.

Copyright © 2019 Thieme Medical Publishers.

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Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction

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