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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 89, Issue 1, pp 53–56 | Cite as

A Descriptive Epidemiology of Sport and Recreation Injuries in a Population-Based Sample: Results from the Alberta Sport and Recreation Injury Survey (ASRIS)

  • W. Kerry MummeryEmail author
  • John C. Spence
  • Joanne A. Vincenten
  • Donald C. Voaklander
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Abstract

The 1996 Alberta Sport and Recreation Injury Survey is a retrospective study describing the annual incidence of injuries in the province of Alberta resulting from sport and recreational involvement. Data was collected by means of a telephone survey using random digit dialling techniques to obtain a representative sample of Albertans in the winter of 1995–96. The sample produced a total of 3,790 respondents from 1,478 households evenly split between genders, with an age range of 6 to 93 years. The survey asked information regarding medically attended, non-fatal injuries resulting from sport and recreational activities. Findings reveal an annual incidence of sport or recreational injuries of 11%. Among those reporting a sport or recreational injury, the most common types of injuries were a sprained/torn ligament (31%), strained/pulled muscle (19%), and fracture (13%). The most common bodily locations of injuries were the knees (21%) and the ankle (14%).

Résumé

Le Alberta Sport and Recreation Injury Survey de 1996 est une étude rétrospective qui décrit l’incidence annuelle de blessures dans la province de l’Alberta intervenues dans le cadre d’activités de sport et de loisirs. Les données ont été recueillies au moyen d’un sondage téléphonique réalisé au moyen des techniques de composition aléatoire des numéros, afin d’avoir un échantillon représentatif d’Albertains pour l’hiver 1995–1996. L’échantillon a produit un total de 3 790 répondants représentant 1 478 foyers, répartis également entre les genres, avec une fourchette d’âge allant de 6 à 93 ans. Des questions ont été posées au sujet des blessures non mortelles ayant fait l’objet de soins médicaux qui avaient été causées par des activités de sport et de loisirs. Les résultats révèlent que l’incidence annuelle de blessures de ce type est de l’ordre de 11 %. Pour ce qui concerne les répondants ayant déclaré avoir été blessés dans le cadre d’une activité sportive ou de loisir, les blessures les plus courantes ont été les entorses/déchirures de ligament (31 %), les élongations musculaires (19 %), et les fractures (13 %). Les endroits du corps le plus souvent touchés par ces blessures ont été les genoux (21 %) et les chevilles (14 %).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Kerry Mummery
    • 1
    Email author
  • John C. Spence
    • 1
  • Joanne A. Vincenten
    • 2
  • Donald C. Voaklander
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Alberta Centre for Well-Being, Faculty of Health ScienceCentral Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia
  2. 2.SAFE KIDSChildren’s Health CentreCanada
  3. 3.Department of Public Health SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  4. 4.Injury Prevention CentreUniversity of Alberta HospitalsCanada

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