Rural sports and recreational injuries in Australia: what do we know?

Finch, Caroline, Mahoney, Mary, Townsend, Mardie and Zazryn, Tsharni 2003, Rural sports and recreational injuries in Australia: what do we know?, Australian journal of rural health, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 151-158, doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1584.2003.00500.x.

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Title Rural sports and recreational injuries in Australia: what do we know?
Author(s) Finch, Caroline
Mahoney, Mary
Townsend, Mardie
Zazryn, Tsharni
Journal name Australian journal of rural health
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 151
End page 158
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1038-5282
Summary Objective: It is widely recognised that individuals residing in regional or rural areas have poorer health outcomes than those from metropolitan areas. Factors associated with these poorer health outcomes include geographical isolation, population declines, limited health care provision and higher levels of inactivity compared to urban areas. The mental, social and physical health of individuals and communities in rural areas can be improved through active participation in sport and recreation activities. Unfortunately, participation in such activities can potentially lead to injury. There is a suggestion that there is an increased risk of sports injuries in rural areas due to the lack of health professionals and coaching personnel, fewer available volunteers to organise and deliver sport, and the general attitude towards injuries in rural settings.

Results: There is very limited information about the number and types of injuries sustained during participation in sports activities in rural and regional settings. This is largely related to a lack of formal sporting structures and support mechanisms including research funding and trained personnel.

Conclusion: A range of factors need to be implemented to improve safety for sporting and recreational participants in these areas. These include improved monitoring of injury occurrence, stronger promotion of safety initiatives and wider implementation of education strategies.
Notes Published Online: 1 Sep 2003
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-1584.2003.00500.x
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
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