Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


The problem was to determine the frequency and nature of injuries sustained by students in athletics and in physical education classes in grades seven through twelve in the Grand Forks Public School System from 1960-1965. Data were gathered from the school accident fund claim sheets which were kept at the office of the North Dakota High School Activities Association and at the secondary schools 1n Grand Forks.

Of the 307 reported Injuries during the five years, 142 were sustained during physical education classes and 140 during athletic competition. The remaining 25 injuries occurred in classrooms and in other school facilities. In physical education, the number of injuries to male and female students were about the same with seventy-three and sixty-nine respectively. Nearly half of the physical education injuries occurred during March, April, and May. Soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, and trampolining were the activities in which students sustained the most injuries. The hands and feet were the specific parts of the body injured most frequently in physical education.

Eighty-five athletic injuries took place during practice, and fifty-four occurred during games or meets. About half of the athletic injuries occurred during the football season. Sprains and contusions were the most frequent types of athletic injuries.

Senior high school girls and junior high school boys sustained more injuries than did senior high boys and junior high girls. The lower extremities were the parts of the body most frequently injured in both athletics and physical education. Many of the physical education injuries were sprains which were sustained by students while playing games which required the skillful use of the hands and feet. The incidence of injury was greater during practice than during actual interschool competition.