Injury rates on the rise in Canada
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 13:16
Reposted from cbc.ca/health
About 4.27 million Canadians aged 12 or older suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities in 2009-10, a new study says.
The Statistics Canada study found the overall injury rate in 2009-10 was 15 per cent, up from 13 per cent in 2001.
The agency says the most noticeable increase over this period was among 12- to 19-year-olds.
The proportion of injured girls in this age group increased to 23 per cent from 18, though at 30 per cent adolescent males remain the group most at risk.
Among working-age adults, sports and work were the main source of injuries (47 per cent), whereas more than half (55) of injuries among seniors occurred while they were walking or doing household chores.