The causes of SCI – 2014 statistics
These statistics are provided by NSCISC. https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/reports.aspx. 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:
Sports and Recreation
|0.86%||N=39||Winter sports: sled, snow tube, toboggan, ice hockey, snow- boarding|
|0.80%||N=36||Surfing: includes body surfing;|
|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||Rodeo: includes bronco/bull riding|
|0.09%||N=4||Basketball and Volleyball|
|0.07%||N=3||Field sports: field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and rugby|
|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.|