Do overweight or obese high school athletes have more athletic injuries than normal weight athletes?

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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER

No. High school students with a body mass index (BMI) ≥85th percentile do not have an increased risk of sportsrelated injuries requiring medical treatment compared with normal weight students. Participation in moderate exercise 5 to 7 days per week is associated with fewer sports-related injuries in boys with a BMI ≥95% compared with lesser activity levels (SOR: B, cross-sectional study). The risks in younger children are unclear.

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