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.

  • 2020 injury costs.
  • 2020 new and active claims.
  • Sports claims and costs by year - 2015 to 2019.
  • New sport injury claims by common team sports - 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • New sport injury claims by individual sports - 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • Claims for most common sports for 2019 and 2020, by sex.
  • Regional breakdown of sports claims.
  • Common types of injuries for sport.
  • Caveats to this data.
2020 injury costs
$565,996,384
The costs of all active claims to 30 November 2020.

New claims

372,815
to 30 November 2020.

Active claims

448,021
to 30 November 2020.

Sports claims and costs by year

Year New claims Active claims Cost of active claims
2015 487,869 548,617 $508,725,581
2016 499,486 566,942 $542,453,421
2017 484,547 554,515 $569,493,431
2018 467,869 546,055 $611,443,451
2019 455,295 537,092 $620,060,321

By common team sports

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By individual sports

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By sex - 2019

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By sex - 2020

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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

Common types of injuries for sport

Did you know – the most common sports injury is a soft tissue injury? It's an injury to the muscle, ligament, or tendons, usually from a sprain, strain, or contusion.

Get statistics for common injuries for individual sports

More information

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

Injury-free sport and recreation

'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.