Motor racing most dangerous sport

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report has found that a third of all sport injuries occur playing some code of football.

However, wheeled sports are by far the most dangerous, with the percentage of motorbike riders, go-karters, rollerbladers and skateboarders spending lengthy periods in hospital more than 2.5 times that of the football codes.

The AIHW report, covering July 2011 to June 2012, said an estimated 36,000 Australians aged 15 or older were hospitalised as a result of sports injuries in the 12-month period, spending a total of 79,000 days in hospital.

Those numbers were likely to represent a “significant underestimate of sporting injuries”, the report said.

The various football codes accounted for a third of all sports injury hospitalisations. A total of 47% of sports injuries requiring hospital stays came from just three sporting “sectors” – football, motor racing and water sports.