The causes of SCI – 2014 statistics



These statistics are provided by NSCISC.   The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 13% of new SCI cases in the U.S. Since its inception, 26 federally funded Model SCI Care Systems have contributed data to the National SCI Database.

As of August 2014, there are approximately 12,500 new SCI cases in the U.S. each year.   Approximately 276,000 people are currently living with SCI in the U.S.

The average age has increased from 29 in the 1970s  to 42 years as of 2010.

The NSCISC performed a detailed breakdown of SCI causation by analyzing 4,528 cases occurring between 2005 and 2012 as follows:

 Vehicular Accidents

27.69% N=1254 Auto (includes cars,       jeeps, trucks, dune buggies, and       buses)
6.54% N=296 Motorcycle       (includes 2-wheeled, motorized vehicles)
2.41% N=109 Bicycles       (includes bicycles,       tricycles and unicycles)
1.24% N=56 All-Terrain (includes       both 3-wheeled       and 4-wheeled)
0.34% N=15 Aircraft       (includes fixed-wing and       rotating-wing)
0.18% N=8 Snowmobile
0.11% N=5 Boat
0.68% N-31 0ther




Accidental Falls

5.30% N=240 Fall on       same level (includes       slipping, tripping and stumbling)
4.55% N=206 Fall from,       out of, or through building or structure
4.44% N=201 Fall on       and from stairs and steps
2.39% N=108 Fall on       and from ladder
1.17% N=53 Other fall       from one level to       another
1.15% N=52 Fall from tree
0.71% N=32 Fall from       bed
0.68% N=31 Fall on       and from scaffolding
0.60% N=27 Fall due       to ice and snow
0.42% N=19 Non-Recreational fall, jump or diving into water
0.33% N=15 Fall from       chair
0.31% N=14 Fall from       other furniture
1.26% N=57 Other (includes       slipping, tripping, and stumbling; fall from cliff; fall on and from playground equipment; fall on       same level       due to collision       with another person; and fall while being       carried/supported by other       person)
5.28% N=239 Unspecified and missing
5.30% N=240 Fall on       same level (includes slipping, tripping and stumbling)





13.80% N=625 Gunshot       wounds
1.06 % N=48 Person-to-Person (includes assault with a blunt object and falls as a result of being pushed)
0.46 %



13.80% N=625 Gunshot       wounds
1.06 % N=48 Person-to-Person (includes assault with a blunt object and falls as a result of being pushed)
0.46 % N=21 Other penetrating       wounds       (includes stabbing and impalement)




Sports and Recreation


3.14% N=142 Diving
0.86% N=39 Winter sports:   sled, snow tube,   toboggan, ice hockey, snow- boarding
0.80% N=36 Surfing:   includes body surfing;
0.64% N=29 Horseback riding
0.49% N=22 Snow skiing
0.31% N=14 Football
0.22% N=10 Wrestling
0.20% N=9 Air   sports: parachuting, para-sailing
0.09% N=4 Gymnastics: includes all gymnastic activities other than,   trampoline
0.09% N=4 Trampoline
0.09% N=4 Rodeo:   includes bronco/bull riding
0.09% N=4 Baseball/Softball
0.09% N=4 Water skiing
0.09% N=4 Basketball and   Volleyball
0.09% N=4 Hang   gliding
0.07% N=3 Field sports:   field hockey, lacrosse, soccer,   and rugby
0.02% N=1 Skateboarding
0.02% N=1 Track   and field: pole vault, high   jump, etc
0.55% N=25 Unclassified:   auto racing, glider   kite, slide, swimming,   bungee jumping, scuba diving,   rollerblading, jet-skiing, cheerleading, etc.






Medical/ Surgical complication



Hit by       falling/       flying object






Other unclassified


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