Trends in hospitalised sport/leisure injuries in New South Wales, Australia-Implications for the targetting of population-focussed preventive sports medicine efforts
Caroline F Finch, Rebecca Mitchell, Soufiane Boufous
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2011
Sport/leisure injuries are a population health issue in Australia. Over 2003-2004 to 2007-2008, the rate of sport/leisure injury NSW hospitalisations was 195.5/100,000 residents. Males and children/young people had consistently highest rates of hospitalisation. There was no significant decline in rates over this period and no change in the profiles of the types of sport/leisure injuries. The extent to which effective preventive programs have been developed and implemented needs to be determined as current programs do not seem to be impacting on hospitalisation rates. Medical/health promotion agencies and sports bodies need to jointly formulate and implement policies to reduce sport/leisure i..View full abstract
This project was funded by a research grant from the NSW Sporting Injuries Committee (NSWSIC). Caroline Finch was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellowship. Rebecca Mitchell was supported by the NSW Department of Health. Soufiane Boufous was supported by the NSWSIC grant during the data analysis phase and by an NHMRC Post-doctoral Fellowship during the paper writing phase. The hospitalisations and deaths data were accessed via the NSW Department of Health's Health Outcomes Indicators Statistical Toolbox (HOIST): NSW Admitted Patients Data Collection and Australian Bureau of Statistics Population Data. The HOIST system refers to a data access, analysis and reporting facility established and operated by the Centre for Epidemiology and Research, Population Health Division, NSW Department of Health.