The role of insurance data in setting priorities for netball injury prevention strategies

J Sci Med Sport. 2007 Apr;10(2):105-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2006.05.016. Epub 2006 Jul 17.


The aim of this study was to investigate insurance records for a one-year period to determine the injury frequencies and costs associated with different age groups in netball. The insurance records for all netball claims made during 1999 in Victoria were obtained from the insurer and entered into a database. The overall injury rate was 9.49 injuries per 1000 players, with 829 claims for injuries filed with the insurance company. Of all injuries claimed for, 85.3% were to the lower limb, 8.7% to the upper limb, 3.1% to the spine/torso and 2.9% to the head and face. Lower limb injuries accounted for 85.4% of costs, upper limb injuries 10.7% and head/neck/torso injuries 3.9% of total injury costs. Knee injuries accounted for 56.9% of total costs, with ankle and calf/Achilles injuries costing 12.7 and 11.8% of total costs, respectively. Injury prevention strategies should therefore be directed to three main injuries taking into account costs and incidence. These injuries were: ankle sprains, knee ligament sprains and Achilles tendon strains. Specifically, the prevention program for Achilles injuries should be directed to the >25 years age groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Ankle Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / economics*
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Health Care Costs / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Insurance Claim Review
  • Insurance, Health*
  • Knee Injuries / epidemiology
  • Knee Injuries / surgery