ACC sport claims abate
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.
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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