The Report on the Burden of Sport Injuries in the European Union is available!
It provides up-to-date information on the number of sports injuries. Please click on the image on the right or go to the "download"-section and download the Report as PDF.
Based in the Injury Data Base (IDB) and other sources the authors give the readers detailled information on sports injuries in the European Union and also focus on the shortcomings of the currently available data and statistics.
Two new Safety in Sports Factsheets released:
- Safety in Sports: why is it time to act?
- Promoting Safety in Sports: how to put actions in place?
The millions of sport-related injuries that are treated in emergency
departments, take a annual share of 2 billion euro health care costs in
the EU-region. The cost of lost productivity due to absence from work at
least doubles this figure. By
applying evidence based safety management programmes, sports organisation
can reduce the number of injuries by at least one quarter by the year 2020.
Less injuries will not only reduce
the increasing costs of medical treatments but will make sport more attractive
for people to join in, will keep players longer active within clubs and
will enhance individual performance and team success.
We are looking forward to your sharing
the annexed Factsheets with relevant colleagues and with organisations
in the fields of sports, health promotion, sports and health insurances,
sports medicine and physiotherapy, and to promote a wider take up of evidence
based good practices.
Sports, health and quality of life are closely interconnected. We all need regular physical activity in order to function optimally and to prevent illnesses. Furthermore, living an active life brings many other social and psychological benefits. The social role of sports also has the potential to strengthen the European's external relations.
But certainly sporting also holds a risk of injury. It has to be taken into account that according to the IDB about eighteen percent of all injuries due to accidents result from these sporting activities.
The benefit for health could be significantly increased by reducing the frequency of sports injuries!
This website is part of the project "Safety in Sports" which has received funding from the
European Union, in the framework of the Public Health Programme 2003-2008.