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Table 2 Univariate findings among senior pickleball and tennis injuries (weighted)

From: Non-fatal senior pickleball and tennis-related injuries treated in United States emergency departments, 2010–2019

Characteristics Senior Pickleball
Weighted Count (95% CI)
Senior Pickleball Variable Proportion Senior Tennis Weighted Count (95% CI) Senior Tennis Variable Proportion
Age Group (years)
 60–69 15,738 (10,361-23,905) 54.3% 29,054 (21,987-38,392) 49.4%
 70–79 11,804 (7841-17,771) 40.7% 22,391 (16,819-29,809) 38.1%
 80+ 1442 (749–2778) 5.0% 7391 (5434-10,053) 12.6%
Sex
 Male 15,588 (10,354-23,467) 53.8% 35,102 (26,953-45,716) 59.7%
 Female 13,396 (8899-20,166) 46.2% 23,734 (17,402-32,369) 40.3%
Treatment Year
 2010 353 (241–517) 1.2% 5587 (2761-11,306) 9.5%
 2011 289 (114–735) 1.0% 4434 (1844-10,663) 7.5%
 2012 171 (33–872) 0.6% 6237 (3004-12,949) 10.6%
 2013 596 (101–3521) 2.1% 4733 (2063-10,858) 8.0%
 2014 916 (516–1628) 3.2% 5298 (2376-11,814) 9.0%
 2015 3220 (1447-7166) 11.1% 7189 (2948-17,528) 12.2%
 2016 4014 (1927-8360) 13.8% 6425 (2772-14,895) 10.9%
 2017 4892 (2023-11,831) 16.9% 6473 (2824-14,836) 11.0%
 2018 6301 (2725-14,566) 21.7% 5703 (2277-14,279) 9.7%
 2019 8232 (2983-22,715) 28.4% 6757 (2554-17,875) 11.5%
Treatment Month
 Jan 3896 (2486-6105) 13.4% 5021 (3271-7706) 8.5%
 Feb 4154 (2448-7051) 14.3% 8671 (5781-13,006) 14.7%
 Mar 4669 (2643-8246) 16.1% 6069 (4045-9107) 10.3%
 Apr 2853 (1677-4851) 9.8% 4545 (3236-6383) 7.7%
 May 1632 (1027-2592) 5.6% 3605 (2624-4952) 6.1%
 Jun 1291 (748–2230) 4.5% 4083 (3012-5535) 6.9%
 Jul 990 (494–1986) 3.4% 4201 (3056-5776) 7.1%
 Aug 1069 (604–1890) 3.7% 4165 (3181-5453) 7.1%
 Sep 998 (572–1740) 3.4% 2926 (2165-3954) 5.0%
 Oct 1830 (962–3483) 6.3% 4992 (3573-6975) 8.5%
 Nov 2651 (1509-4657) 9.1% 5236 (3531-7764) 8.9%
 Dec 2952 (2020-4313) 10.2% 5323 (3445-8224) 9.0%
Disposition Group
 Released 26,839 (18,069-39,865) 92.6% 52,163 (39,608-68,697) 88.7%
 Hospitalized 2145 (1212-3797) 7.4% 6382 (4493-9065) 10.8%
 Other 0 (NA-NA) 0.0% 291 (104–814) 0.5%
Primary Mechanism
 Slip/Trip/Fall/Dive 19,384 (12,516-30,020) 66.9% 34,742 (26,270-45,946) 59.0%
 Other mechanism 6057 (3822-9601) 20.9% 12,855 (9310-17,750) 21.8%
 Undetermined/unknown 1504 (983–2301) 5.2% 4870 (3611-6567) 8.3%
 Hit object 957 (541–1694) 3.3% 893 (535–1490) 1.5%
 Heat-related illness 750 (324–1735) 2.6% 2931 (1633-5259) 5.0%
 Hit with racquet/paddle 168 (47–606) 0.6% 882 (513–1517) 1.5%
 Hit player 94 (17–504) 0.3% 402 (169–954) 0.7%
 Hit with ball 70 (14–345) 0.2% 1262 (758–2102) 2.1%
Primary Diagnosis
 Strain, sprain 8991 (5403-14,961) 31.0% 15,336 (11,075-21,238) 26.1%
 Fracture 8797 (5816-13,307) 30.4% 13,834 (10,245-18,679) 23.5%
 Contusions, abrasions 3205 (2029-5062) 11.1% 5748 (3959-8347) 9.8%
 Internal injury 2599 (1413-4784) 9.0% 6465 (4816-8678) 11.0%
 Other 2508 (1552-4052) 8.7% 8613 (6084-12,194) 14.6%
 Laceration 1449 (884–2375) 5.0% 5084 (3624-7133) 8.6%
 Dislocation 897 (500–1611) 3.1% 1495 (917–2436) 2.5%
 Concussion 270 (87–843) 0.9% 835 (446–1562) 1.4%
 Hematoma 268 (98–732) 0.9% 591 (15–403) 1.0%
 Avulsion 0 (NA-NA) 0.0% 246 (85–713) 0.4%
 Dental injury 0 (NA-NA) 0.0% 16 (2–114) 0.1%
 Derma/conjunct 0 (NA-NA) 0.0% 76 (11–537) 0.1%
 Hemorrhage 0 (NA-NA) 0.0% 78 (286–1220) 0.1%
 Nerve damage 0 (NA-NA) 0.0% 388 (138–1092) 0.7%
 Poisoning 0 (NA-NA) 0.0% 31 (8–123) 0.1%
Body Region
 Upper extremity 10,145 (6571-15,662) 35.0% 19,207 (14,649-25,184) 32.7%
 Lower extremity 8005 (5149-12,445) 27.6% 13,102 (9488-18,093) 22.3%
 Head/neck 5258 (3529-7833) 18.1% 13,727 (10,722-17,572) 23.3%
 Trunk 4827 (3081-7561) 16.7% 9756 (7012-13,575) 16.6%
 All of body 750 (324–1735) 2.6% 3028 (1700-5393) 5.1%
Eye Injury
 Non-eye injury 28,825 (19,333-42,979) 99.5% 58,000 (44,150-76,196) 98.6%
 Eye injury 159 (48–522) 0.5% 835 (486–1435) 1.4%