The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report “Australian sports injury hospitalisations 2011-2012.” It is estimated that 36,000 people aged 15 and over spent a total of 79,000 days in hospital due to injury sustained while playing sport.
According to the report, around one third of all sports injury hospitalisations were associated with playing various codes of football. Australian Rules led the way with 18 cases per 100,000 population, followed closely by soccer at 17 cases per 100,000 population in terms of population-based age-standardised rates of injury hospitalisation.
Following is a summary of key points from the AIHW report….
Around two-thirds of those admitted to hospital were aged under 35, and over 75% were men. Nice work fellas!!
In all but two sports (netball and fishing), the most frequent principal diagnosis was a fracture, with falls being the most common reason for injury.
Most dangerous sports
Injuries from cycling, motor sports and equestrian activities were considered life-threatening in around 25% of cases.
Length of hospital stay
Wheeled motor sports contributed to the highest number of days spent by patients in hospital, with a burden of over 9,500 days.
People aged 65 years and over had a longer mean length of stay in hospital – 4.5 days, compared with 2.1 days across the entire sports injury category.