The presentation of children with sporting injuries to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department (PMH ED) has continued to rise over the last five years, with an average of 4,300 individual cases attending each year.
Older children aged between 10 and 14 years are at greater risk of sustaining a sporting injury. This is possibly due to a decrease in rule modification as children get older and a higher number of older children participating in competitive sports in comparison to younger children. Males account for two-thirds of sporting injury presentations to the PMH ED.
Sport and physical activity are a vital part of childhood development, allowing children to improve physical, cognitive and social skills with others. Injury risks however, are often perceived as a barrier to participation.
Sporting injuries most commonly occur in the cooler winter months of May and June. This coincides with the winter organised sporting season. At this time many children are developing new or refreshing old skills. Not surprisingly, injuries most commonly occur over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
To find out more about treating sports injuries and staying active and safe download the Kidsafe WA Sports Safety Fact Sheet here.