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.
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
What are the most common injury sites?
Sites of Injuries
Which sports have the most injured participants?
Percentage injured (6 month period)
Sports with the most serious injuries
% of injured reporting serious injury
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%.