ACC sport claims abate

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

As Ki­wis we’re a na­tion of sport lovers, and the good news is it’s now safer to play our most pop­u­lar sports, with ACC claims for more se­ri­ous in­juries from rugby union, rugby league, net­ball and foot­ball all fall­ing sig­nif­i­cantly last year (2011/12).

That’s mu­sic to the ears of ACC’s pro­gramme man­ager for sport, Joe Harawira.

Un­der its in­jury preven­tion ban­ner, ACC runs pro­grammes aimed at re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence and sever­ity of in­jury dur­ing sport and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, with pri­or­ity given to ac­tiv­i­ties that have high par­tic­i­pa­tion rates and sig­nif­i­cant claims costs.

‘‘We set a tar­get of a 2 per cent re­duc­tion in en­ti­tle­ment claims from the pri­or­ity sports of rugby union, league, net­ball and foot­ball,’’ said Mr Harawira.

‘‘ En­ti­tle­ment

claims

gen­er­ally in­volve more se­ri­ous in­juries which re­quire help be­yond ini­tial med­i­cal treat­ment. This can in­clude so­cial and vocational sup­port to as­sist peo­ple through­out their re­cov­ery.’’

The 2 per cent tar­get was well and truly ex­ceeded, with a 5 per cent re­duc­tion in new en­ti­tle­ment claims in 2011/12.

‘‘ What makes this re­sult even more pleas­ing is that there were un­prece­dented in­creases in player reg­is­tra­tions in each of th­ese pri­or­ity sports last year,’’ said Mr Harawira.

Sport NZ’s gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­nity sport and recre­ation Ge­off Barry, said the drop in in­juries was en­cour­ag­ing.

‘‘We wel­come ini­tia­tives that can make sports safer so play­ers are on the field longer, en­joy­ing their sport to the fullest ex­tent pos­si­ble.’’

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