In­jury woe for sporty older kids

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

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.

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