In 2010, the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research reported only seven cervical cord injuries with incomplete recovery among all football players nationwide with only five at the high school level. This amounts to approximately .39 injuries per 100,000 participants. A majority of the injuries occur at games but some do occur in practice.
Since 1977 there have been 314 football injuries among sand lot, youth league, high school, college and professional level football resulting in permanent cervical cord injuries.
In 2010 there were also 13 head or neck injuries that resulted in a full neurological recovery. These included cervical vertebrae fractures, three brain injuries and a lumbar vertebrae fracture at the high school level. Youth football recorded only one spinal cord injury in 2010.