Sporting injuries in Australia: the research

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Facts and figures about sport, participation and injuries in Australia: Facts, figures and data into the most common sporting injuries and sports codes in Australia. Top ten most commonly injured body parts during sport 1. Hand, includes fingers 6. Face, excludes eye 2. Ankle 7. Foot, includes toes 3. Wrist 8. Head, excludes face 4. … Read more

Preventing Tennis Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Every summer The Australian Tennis Open inspires many of us to take to the sport. Unfortunately injuries can occur if inadequate preparation is undertaken. In 2016, 127 people were admitted to Victorian hospitals while 382 people visited Victorian emergency departments for tennis-related injuries. The rate of tennis injuries has been calculated at five injuries per … Read more

Preventing Gymnastics Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Gymnastics Injuries in Australia An introduction to gymnastics Gymnastics is fundamental to movement and is recognised as the basis of all sport. Gymnastics prepares children in body movement, control, coordination, balance, landing and all dominant movement patterns. Children with this experience are demonstrably better at whichever sport they choose. Gymnastics leads the way … Read more

Preventing Hockey Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Hockey Injuries Hockey is a popular international Olympic sport which places many demands on the technical and physical skills of players. During the course of play, players accelerate, decelerate and change direction all whilst trying to hit, pass, stop/trap or dribble the ball. As a result, injuries can and do occur. Safety Tips … Read more

Preventing Squash Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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If you would like some advice on how to play squash, please see here. Facts on Squash Injuries How many squash players? More than 300,000 people play either squash or its cousin, racquetball, across Australia. Squash is a great way for people to increase their fitness and for children to improve their hand and eye … Read more

Preventing Aerobics Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips,

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Facts on Aerobics Injuries The sport of aerobics  Aerobic dance involves the movement of large muscle groups, in continuous rhythmic activity, to music.  During aerobics, the body is in motion through space and either both feet loose contact with the ground (high impact) or at least one foot is in contact with the ground at … Read more

Preventing Golf Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on golf injuries How many golfers? Golf is a popular casual and competitive activity that is played by people of all abilities and ages. Statistics from a recent Australian Sports Commission’s survey showed an estimated 1,132,000 Australians aged 15 years and older played golf in the 12 months prior to being surveyed. Regular golf … Read more

Preventing Downhill Skiing Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Downhill Skiing Injuries How many skiers? The Exercise, Recreation and Sports Survey (ERASS) conducted in 2014 estimated that 277,200 Australians participated in snow and ice sports in the 12 months prior to the survey. Downhill skiers represent 75% of participants in snow sports, with a broad range of age groups and skill levels … Read more

Preventing Soccer (Football) Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Soccer injuries in Australia How many soccer players? Soccer is one of the most popular team-based sports in Australia and worldwide. Statistics from the Australian Sports Commission’s 2006 survey showed an estimated 697,400 Australians aged 15 years and older played outdoor soccer in the 12-month period prior to being surveyed. A further 310,100 … Read more

Preventing Basketball Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Basketball Injuries in Australia How many basketballers in Australia? Basketball is one of the most popular sports in Australia with players of all ages and skill levels participating. Statistics from the Australian Sports Commission’s 2006 survey showed an estimated 541,600 Australians aged 15 years and older played basketball in the 12-month period prior … Read more

Preventing Cross-Country Skiing Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Cross-Country Skiing Injuries How many cross-country skiers? Cross-country skiing is a popular sport for participants of all ages and skill levels. The 2014 Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) estimated 227,900 Australians participated in snow and ice sports during the previous 12 months, with cross-country skiers accounting for approximately 20% of all participants. … Read more

Preventing Cricket Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Cricket Injuries How many cricketers? Cricket is a popular summer sport in Australia that has seen the pace, hazards and player expectations of the game increase over the years. Statistics from the Australian Sports Commission’s 2006 survey showed an estimated 673,600 Australians aged 15 years and older were involved in playing indoor and … Read more

Preventing Baseball Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Baseball Injuries How many baseballers?  In 1993 there were 143,100 players formally registered with the Australian Baseball Federation.  How many injuries?  Baseball injuries rank 13th (for children) and 16th (for adults) in terms of sport and recreation injury presentations to Australian hospital emergency departments.  Who is injured? Although baseballers of all ages and … Read more

Preventing Australian Football Injuries – Facts and Safety Tips

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Facts on Australian football Injuries How many Australian football players are there? Australian football is one of the most popular sports in Australia, with thousands playing and watching the sport each year.  Statistics show there were over 650,000 registered participants in Australian football across the country in 2017. Australian football is a contact sport that … Read more