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Infographic. Sports injury-related hospitalisations in Australian children: incidence, costs and trends
  1. Reidar P Lystad1,
  2. Joanne Tran1,
  3. Kate Curtis2,
  4. Gary J Browne3,
  5. Rebecca J Mitchell1
  1. 1 Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney Faculty of Nursing, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3 Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine, The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Reidar P Lystad, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, North Ryde NSW 2109, Australia; reidar.lystad{at}

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Children are encouraged to participate in sports to improve general health and well-being and to prevent illnesses related to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.1 2 Although the benefits of participation in sporting activities are undisputed, injury is a common adverse outcome.3 4 Despite the increasing recognition of the issue worldwide, there is very limited high-quality population-based data quantifying the burden of sports injuries in children and monitor changes over time. Such data are essential for decision-makers to prioritise and develop policy and for stakeholders and researchers to evaluate the impact of sports injury prevention efforts in the real-world setting.

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  • Contributors RPL, KC, GJB and RJM were authors of the original article from which the data in this infographic is based. JT designed the infographic with input and feedback from RPL. All authors approved the final version of the infographic.

  • Funding This study was funded by NSW Ministry of Health and Day of Difference Foundation.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.