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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}mq.edu.au

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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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