In 2020–21, about 66,500 sports injuries led to a hospital stay in Australia. This report describes the people who were hospitalised, the sports they were playing, and the types of injuries they sustained. 10-year trends and seasonal differences are illustrated and sports participation and rates of injury are discussed.
- Cat. no: INJCAT 225
After a dip in 2019–20 related to the lockdowns, the rate of sports injury hospitalisations rebounded higher in 2020–21.
More than half of the injuries were fractures, most commonly a fractured arm or shoulder.
Cycling was responsible for the most sports injury hospitalisations, reflecting the number of people participating.
Injuries from solo sports such as cycling rose after COVID-19 began and remained at a higher level for most of 2020–21.