Footy injury rish higher for women but research lacking – ABC – 11 January 2019

“The rise in the number of girls and young women playing AFL has brought with it a rise in serious injuries on the field.” These injuries are also relevant to mountain biking where the injuries to women and children are higher than to men.

Key points:

  • Injuries for women in football are increasing, particularly concussion, ruptured ACLs, and fractured wrists
  • Reporting of concussion is happening more, but there’s a six-fold increase reported for women, compared to three-fold for men
  • Experts say we cannot continue to rely on American research and must invest in Australian work

Concussion, ruptured ACLs and fractured wrists are among the many injuries being seen at the school, club and professional level.