A YOUNGSTER in Glasgow who was bitten on the back while playing football is among more than 4,000 kids who have been injured doing PE in just three years.

School pupils as young as four suffered broken bones and blackouts, and at least 650 needed hospital treatment, under statistics revealed through the Freedom of Information act.

A nine-year-old hurt their arm plunging off an Inverclyde climbing frame while one secondary pupil was airlifted to hospital with horror back injuries after larking around on a trampoline in Argyll.

The figures came from 11 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities including Glasgow City Council, and cover August 2014 to June last year.

Other local authorities across Scotland have yet to reveal their figures, reported our sister paper, the Evening Times.

Glasgow City Council, however, recorded just 237 injuries, with 21 head knocks, six concussions and around 70 youngsters breaking bones.

South Lanarkshire Council reported 44 fractures.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said supervised school sports are “generally very safe”.

Nathan Davies of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: “Well-planned and supervised school sports are generally very safe.

“Though 4,000 is a significant number, the ratio to kids taking part is very low. Children are more likely to be hurt at home.”

Each council has its own method for noting accidents and schools plan their own PE lessons.