Sport is a major cause of injuries reported by Aussie teens

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Aussie teens say that sport is the most common reason for them being injured, while alcohol accounts for around one in ten injuries. The study asked almost 3,000 students aged 10-15 years about whether they had ever had a serious physical injury that required medical attention. The study found that boys reported higher rates of injury than girls, and that more than half of the injuries were reported as being related to sport. Kids living in rural areas also reported higher rates of injury.

Journal/conference: ANZJPH

DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12966

Organisation/s: Deakin University, Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University

Funder: The authors have stated the following conflict of interest: Mark A. Stokes declares that he has served as Vice-President and President of Kidsafe Australia (2006 to 2012), and currently serves as a director of Kidsafe Victoria. Prof. John Toumbourou served as the Chief Executive Officer of Communities That Care Ltd, the not-for-profit company responsible for authorising the Communities That Care youth survey in Australia. The International Youth Development Survey was authorised to use items from the Communities That Care youth survey


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