Football codes top sports injuries count

PLAYERS of all codes of football in Australia are the most likely to face injuries of any sport in Australia, if hospitalisations for sports injuries are anything to go by.

A new report on sports injuries from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed on Tuesday that about 36,000 people went to hospital for injuries sustained during sporting activities.

And the most common injuries requiring a trip to the hospital were from Australian rules, rugby (union and league) and soccer, followed by motor sports and water sports.

Those with injuries were also most commonly people aged 15-35 years old and more than three quarters of all sports-related hospitalisations were men.

Institute spokesman Professor James Harrison said Australian rules and soccer had the highest rates of injury hospitalisations, at 18 and 17 cases for every 100,000 people, respectively.

Severe injuries were largely restricted to three sports - cycling, motor sports and horse riding - with almost 25% of all cases considered "life-threatening".

The most common injuries across all sports were fractures, or broken bones, largely in the knee or lower leg.

- APN NEWSDESK



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