Sport is a part of the Australian lifestyle. It teaches us about the values of fairness, respect and responsibility, and challenges us to be the best for ourselves and our team.
Unfortunately, a large part of sport is the chance for injury. Something that can make many people hesitant to participate, and even more cautious when choosing an opportunity for their children to be a part of.
How often do people get injured in sport in Australia?
Of all injuries requiring hospitalisation between 2011-2012, only 8% were as a result of sport. Although this is a positive reflection of the culture around safety in sport, this meant that 36,000 people between the ages of 15-35 were hospitalised. Of these 36,000 over 79,000 days were spent in hospital. These statistics are useful, however it is important to highlight the fact many sport injuries do not require hospitalisation, but instead incur hours with your local GP, physiotherapist and chiropractor or sometimes simply some rest!
Which injuries are the most common in Australian sport?
The most common injuries in sport are as follows:
1. Soft tissue –sprains, strains, tears and bruises
2. Fractures and dislocations – bones and teeth
3. Concussion – and associated head injuries
Which sports are the most dangerous?
As most people would guess, sports that require contact through tackles or competing for equipment in close proximity were the most likely to cause injuries including rugby league, rugby union and AFL. However, due to the stringent rules, modifications and changes to the environment in sports there were still less injuries than those in motor sports and other sports such as equestrian. Having a number of rules, policies and changes to the environment helps to teach younger and less experienced players how to play safely and therefore prevent injuries. Of course, accidents happen. Surprisingly, most injuries in sport were due to falls rather than collision.
Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy are fully prepared to work with you through any sporting injury, to get you back on your feet and to return to the game sooner. We know how important sport is, and the benefits it can provide not just for physical health, but for our overall wellbeing. We are equipped with years of experience, extensive qualifications, a wealth of knowledge and a state-of-the-art facility.