CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - There were well over a million student injuries in college sports over five academic years according to a new report by the CDC.
It found, in many cases, college athletes are more likely to be injured during practice than during games.
Researchers looked at student athletes at NCAA schools.
They found football accounted for most injuries and the highest rate of injury during games. But men's wrestling had the highest overall injury rate and practice injury rate.
In women's sports, gymnastics had the highest overall injury rate and practice injury rate.
Researchers found more injuries happened during practice, although students playing ice hockey and baseball were the exception.
According to the CDC, there were 1,053,370 injuries among student athletes at NCAA schools, and an estimated 176.7 million athlete exposures to injury. An athlete exposure is the unit of susceptibility to injury.
Exports recommend focusing on injury prevention, especially during the more controlled environment of practice, to help reduce sports injuries.