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SPORT INJURY STATISTICS IN AUSTRALIA

The National Healthy Survey 2001 estimated that approximately 367,000 Australians reported a recent injury from participating in an organised sport (for example soccer or netball). Of that 367,000, two-thirds were male.


Source:http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/EF0B82CC1E7DCA2DCA2568A9001393A8?Open


However, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) estimates that there could be in excess of 2 million sporting injuries in New South Wales alone every year. This is includes a large percentage of people (over 70%) who have injuries that are not necessarily receiving treatment or do not require treatment.

 

What are the most common types of reported injuries?

 

Type of Injury

Percentage reported

Bruising

36%

Muscle strains

32%

Joint/ligament strain

29%

Bleeding

16%

Fractures

11%

Dislocations

8%

Knockouts

5%

Source: http://www.youthsafe.org/injury/sport.htm

 

What are the most common injury sites?

 

Sites of Injuries

Percentage

Ankle

32%

Knee

30%

Finger

15%

Head

10%

Other

13%

 

Which sports have the most injured participants?
 

Sport

Percentage injured (6 month period)

Rugby Union

36%

Rugby League

35%

Netball

33%

Hockey

32%

AFL

31%

Soccer

25%

Horse Riding

23%

 

Sports with the most serious injuries

Sport

% of injured reporting serious injury

Boxing

55%

Rock Climbing

43%

Rugby League

34%

Horse Riding

31%

Sailing

30%

Rugby Union

28%

 

Source: http://www.youthsafe.org/injury/sport.htm

 

With such high injury rates being sport or exercise related, it is understandable why a number of Australians experience a long-term condition associated with their injuries. In 2001, approximately 545,000 people reported a long-term condition resulting from sporting injuries. Back pain is the most prevalent condition with around 35% sufferers. Joint injury was the next most common long term condition (approximately 14%). Long term conditions relating to knee injuries was around 10%.
 

Source: http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/EF0B82CC1E7DCA2DCA2568A9001393A8?Open