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
  • Claims for most common sports for 2020 and 2021, by sex
  • Regional breakdown of sports claims
  • Common types of injuries for sport
  • Caveats to this data
2021 injury costs
$524,562,996
The costs of all active claims in 2021 (to 30 September).

New claims

341,884
in 2021 (to 30 September).

Active claims

427,199
in 2021 (to 30 September).

Sports claims and costs by year

Year New claims Active claims Cost of active claims
2015 487,869 548,609 $508,625,272
2016 499,484 566,939 $542,263,593
2017 484,545 554,510 $569,274,166
2018 467,868 546,042 $611,122,117
2019 455,293 537,081 $620,094,294
2020 402,538 485,868 $631,881,842
2021 (to 30 Sep) 341,884 427,199 $524,562,996

By common team sports

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By individual sports

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By sex - 2020

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By sex - 2021

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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.