Accident and emergency departments in England have seen a 14% rise in sports injury cases in a year, according to the NHS Information Centre.
Just over 388,500 cases were treated in the 12 months to February 2012, compared to 338,200 in the previous 12 months, the centre’s latest data reveal.
Peak A&E attendances for sports injuries were 3-5pm on Saturdays and between 11am and 4pm on Sundays.
They accounted for 12% of crutches issued by A&E departments, 9% of splint treatments and 7% of plaster of Paris treatments.
Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “Sport seems to be catching the public imagination at the moment with the Olympics just around the corner.”