Sport and recreation injury statistics

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Sport and recreation injury statistics

Find statistics on injury claims for injuries that happened while playing sport.

  • 2021 injury costs
  • 2021 new and active claims
  • Sports claims and costs by year - 2015 to 2021
  • New sport injury claims by common team sports - 2019, 2020, and 2021
  • New sport injury claims by individual sports - 2019 to 2021
  • Regional breakdown of sports claims
  • Caveats to this data
2021 injury costs
$692,718,070
The costs of all active claims in 2021

New claims

417,488
in 2021

Active claims

507,212
in 2021

Sports claims and costs by year

Year New claims Active claims Cost of active claims
2015 487,868 548,608 $508,625,110
2016 499,485 566,939 $542,263,593
2017 484,545 554,510 $569,274,166
2018 467,867 546,041 $611,121,240
2019 455,292 537,080 $620,094,191
2020 402,532 485,863 $631,877,509
2021 417,488 507,212 $692,718,070

By common team sports

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By individual sports

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Regional breakdown of sports claims

Did you know – Canterbury has the second-highest number of claims relating to rugby?

Get statistics for individual sports by region

More information

Find out about the work we're involved in to prevent injuries while playing sport:

Injury-free sport and recreation

A calendar year is 1 January to 31 December.

'New' claims are counted in the calendar year they were lodged.

'Active' claims have had a payment made on them during that year. Active claims may have been lodged in a different calendar year and can be counted across multiple years.

'Costs' don't include payments made for acute treatment in public hospitals.

A client's age may differ between lodgement date and accident date.

'Region' is based on where the accident happened.

The data was extracted at a point in time and may change if re-run later.