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Around one-third of all sports injury hospitalisations were associated with playing various codes of football. A large number of hospitalisations were also associated with motor sports and water sports. Motor sports, water sports and football together accounted for nearly half (47%) of all sports injury hospitalisations.
Australian Rules football and soccer had the highest population-based age-standardised rates of injury hospitalisation (18 and 17 cases per 100,000 population, respectively). The highest rate of hospitalisation based on the number of participants was for wheeled motor sports (3,574 per 100,000 participants). Other sports with high participation-based rates were roller sports, Australian Rules football and Rugby League (2,305, 1,319 and 1,292 per 100,000 participants, respectively).
Injury while cycling was also common (8% of cases), although cycling as a sport is not well distinguished from cycling for other reasons in the hospitalisations.
Three sports in particular – cycling, motor sports and equestrian activities – the injuries sustained were considered life-threatening in around one-quarter of cases.
Wheeled motor sports contributed the highest number of days spent by patients in hospital to the total burden of hospitalised sports injury (over 9,500 days).
Who was injured and what injuries occurred?
Around two-thirds of those admitted to hospital were aged under 35 and over three-quarters were men. People aged 65 and over represented 5% of all sports injury hospitalisations. People in this age group had a comparatively higher population-based age-standardised rate of injury (52 cases per 100,000). People aged 65 and over also had a higher mean length of stay in hospitals (4.5 days compared with 2.1 for sports injury as a whole) and, in a relatively high proportion of cases (28%), the injuries they sustained were life-threatening.
In all but 2 sports (netball and fishing), the most frequent principal diagnosis was a fracture. The most commonly affected body region was the knee and lower leg. Although the mechanism of injury varied from sport to sport, falls were the most common type.
We can provide you with products that will cover you for accident only while training, playing or even recovering. These products will even cover you while you are at work!
We can also provide full protection with sickness and accident being covered under one policy. There is generally a 25% loading for some occupations to be covered at specific sporting events but it’s a very little price to pay for being fully protected.
Australia is a sport-loving nation but if an injury occurs the joy of playing your favourite sport can quickly turn into a nightmare, especially if it prevents you from working.
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