Rural sports and recreational injuries in Australia: what do we know?
Caroline Finch, Mary Mahoney, Mardie Townsend, Tsharni Zazryn
Australian Journal of Rural Health | Published : 2003
OBJECTIVE: It is widely recognised that individuals residing in regional or rural areas have poorer health outcomes than those from metropolitan areas. Factors associated with these poorer health outcomes include geographical isolation, population declines, limited health care provision and higher levels of inactivity compared to urban areas. The mental, social and physical health of individuals and communities in rural areas can be improved through active participation in sport and recreation activities. Unfortunately, participation in such activities can potentially lead to injury. There is a suggestion that there is an increased risk of sports injuries in rural areas due to the lack of he..View full abstract