The impact of sport and active recreation injuries on physical activity levels at 12 months post-injury

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2014 Apr;24(2):377-85. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2012.01523.x. Epub 2012 Sep 3.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of serious sport and active recreation injury on 12-month physical activity levels. Adults admitted to hospital with sport and active recreation-related injuries, and captured by the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry were recruited to the study. Changes between preinjury and 12 month post-injury physical activity was assessed using the short International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). Independent demographic, injury, and hospital variables were assessed for associations with changes in physical activity levels, using multivariate linear regression. A total of 324 patients were recruited, of which 98% were followed up at 12 months. Mean short IPAQ scores decreased from 7650 METS (95% CI: 7180, 8120) preinjury to 3880 METS; (95% CI: 3530, 4250) post-injury, independent of functional recovery. Education level and occupation group were the only variables independently associated with changes in physical activity levels post-injury. These results highlighted that sport and active recreation injuries lead to significant reductions in physical activity levels. Hence, the prevention of sport and active recreation injuries is important when considering promotion of activity at a population level.

Keywords: outcomes; physical activity; prevention; sports injury.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Construction Industry
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Industry
  • Male
  • Metabolic Equivalent
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Occupations
  • Recovery of Function
  • Recreation*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Victoria
  • Young Adult