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Sun Life Financial Inc. projects that Pacific Northwest athletes in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington will make 115,000 emergency room visits this year due to sports injuries, nearly half experienced by athletes age 22 and younger.

By correlating sports injury rates to participation levels of amateur athletes, Sun Life projected the total number of emergency room visits caused by each of seven popular Pacific Northwest team sports: baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The study also analyzed per person emergency room medical costs on a national basis for 13 popular sports.

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