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Baby Boomer Sports Injuries (pdf)

Bicycling and basketball are implicated in this 2000 report by US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Next most common baby boomer sport injuries treated in the ER were baseball/softball, exercise & running and skiing (in that order)

Fractures and Broken Bones (MedlinePlus)

Includes bone scans and low bone density, nasal fractures, hand, broken collar bone, stress fractures, greenstick fractures and more

MRSA Infections in Competitive Sports - Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania & Los Angeles Co, 2003

This brief 2003 report by CDC discusses how Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus has emerged as a cause of skin infections in the community. Several reported clusters were identified among sports participants. Prevention measures are outlined. Data from 2000 to 2003

Preventing Brain Injury; Falls and Seniors (CDC)

Falls are listed as a leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), representing 81% of TBI in people age 65+. Materials by the CDC to help family members and caregivers prevent, recognize, and respond to TBI in older adults. Site also discusses concussions as they relate to sports

Sports Injuries (MedlinePlus)

Helpful information on ankle sprains, cartilage and ligament injuries, concussion, eye injury, golfer and tennis elbow, hamstring muscle, miniscus, rotator cuff video and more. Videos on ACL surgery

Sports Safety (MedlinePlus)

Much of the site is geared to kids, including bicycle helmet use laws, and preventing injuries in soccer or volleyball, but adults too can learn about preventing basketball injuries, playing it safe on the baseball field, safety on your next hunting trip and seniors staying active

Other Helpful Listings

CDC Injury Facts - CDC Injury Center

Traumatic brain injury/concussion (1.4 million sustain a TBI each year), falls, mass casualties, alcohol-related injuries, teen drivers and car accidents, motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, suicide, and violence, and prevention opportunities and more

Minnesota: How Much Does It Cost? (word doc)

Short document from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, 2005, displays average charges (from 2003) for nearly 50 common medical treatments (including endoscopy, ear tubes, hysterectomy, tonsillectomy, having a baby, and some prescription drugs), using Minnesota data. An interesting comparison is the cost for the same problem (e.g. sore throat or ear ache), depending on whether the patient seeks office care, urgent care or ER care. This report adds together charges from both the hospital and the physician - not commonly seen in reports of charges. In a time when price data are so difficult to get, this report earns an Editor's Pick as a starting point. After all, did you know that stepping on a rusty nail could cost over $1000, or that a colonoscopy could be a $2000 question? (And this was BEFORE 15 years of steady price increases!)

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