Injury woe for sporty older kids
AN increasing number of older children are being hospitalised with sports injuries with an Australian-first study revealing the admission rate for those 11-16 jumped more than 10 per cent over a decade.
Experts are stymied about how to keep youngsters safe on the field and are pushing for a national injury prevention strategy to reduce injuries.
It comes after a Macquarie University study showed the overall rate of child sports injury-related hospitalisations had not declined over a 10-year period to 2012.
While the overall rate remained stable, the study found the older kids’ rate rose more than 1 per cent each year. About 13,000 kids are hospitalised every year for a sports injury.