Sports, exercise, and other causes of injuries: results of a population survey

Res Q Exerc Sport. 1996 Dec;67(4):380-5. doi: 10.1080/02701367.1996.10607969.


Mortality rates and injuries requiring medical treatment associated with sports and exercise are generally low. However, higher injury rates are reported for athletes and members of sports clubs. This study focuses on the sport- and exercise-related injury rate for various age and sex groups in the general population and how sport and exercise injury rates compare with those for other activities. The data presented are based on telephone interviews. Of the participants (N = 6,596), 335 (5.1%) reported having sustained an injury in the previous month; 46% of injuries among males and 14% of those among females were sport or exercise related. The data show a downward trend in sport- and exercise-related injury rates with increasing age. It is concluded that, as a proportion of all injuries sustained, the sport- and exercise-related injury rate is high, particularly among males. Possible future research on sport- and exercise-related injuries is discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home / statistics & numerical data
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Population Surveillance
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Sports*
  • Telephone
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*