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You tell us your favourite sports and we’ll tell you your next injury

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4 men playing soccer while trying to avoid an injury

We’re just going to start this by clarifying that our fortune telling expertise is seriously lacking – especially when it comes to the office footy tipping competition. However, we’ve consulted the experts at Flinders University and trawled through reams of data in their report on Australian sports injury hospitalisations to predict what your next injury could likely be based on the sport you play.

Rugby

If you’re a keen rugby player, it might be a good idea to start strapping your knees, because you’re most likely to get a fracture to the knee or lower leg. The good news? The majority of injuries were caused by a fall and not through a collision with the opponent’s huge backrower...

Soccer

Ahh, soccer – the world game. Much like rugby players, you’re most likely to suffer a fracture to the knee and lower leg from a fall. Unlike rugby players, you’ll be kicking goals, not scoring tries.

Netball

If you know your ‘contact’ from your ‘obstruction’, then you’re probably a netball player – and if you injure yourself, it’s most likely to be a soft tissue trauma to the knee or lower leg.

Did you know: In 2016 nib paid a total of $1.1 million towards leg injuries?

Basketball

Shooting some hoops? It’s not just the backboard you’re at risk of breaking. Basketballers are prone to fractures and soft tissue damage. The most common body region injured was the knee and lower leg and the majority of injuries came from a fall.

Golf

Who knew golfing could be such a dangerous sport? Turns out that one-third of the injuries were to the knee and lower leg, golfers are most likely to fracture their knee and lower leg through a fall, but when they hurt themselves, it ends up being quite serious. 10% of injuries through golfing were classified as a ‘high threat to life’ and took almost four days in hospital to recover.

Motorsports

Mad for your motorbike or quad? Make sure you’re wearing the appropriate safety gear. Not only could you injure your trunk, but almost one in four of the injuries are classified as a ‘high threat to life’.

Aussie rules

Aussie rules players seriously need to consider wearing some protective head gear, with the most common injury a fracture to the noggin. The head fractures are caused coming from contact with another person, so it might also be a good idea to work on your speed – the defence can’t tackle you if you’re faster than an Olympic sprinter.

Horse riding

Horse riders are most likely to fracture their trunk and if you get injured, you’ll probably be spending three days in hospital. With 23% of injuries listed as a ‘high threat to life’, it’s important to make sure you’re stable on your chosen pony before saddling up.

Dancing

Arguably the most graceful of athletes, dancers aren’t immune to an injury - and when they get hurt, it’s pretty serious. Dancers are generally hospitalised for fractures to the lower leg and knee and it’s generally due to a fall. There’s never been a better time to pay extra attention when practicing your grand jetés and pirouettes.

The average hospital stay in 2016 for nib customers with an arm injury was almost two days

Cycling

Your bike helmet could literally be a lifesaver, with the most common injuries among cyclists being a fracture to the head. 24% of the injuries reported were classified as a ‘high threat to life’ and 53% of these serious injuries occurred on a road.

Hockey

Hockey players are most likely to fracture their wrist or hand after coming into contact with sports equipment, so steer clear of the other team’s sticks.

Cricket

It’s all in the wrist for cricketers, with the most common injuries coming from contact with sports equipment and fracturing the wrist and hand.

One wrong tackle can change everything. Hear how Josh’s spinal surgery has helped him get back on his feet and back to doing what he loves.

Whatever sport tickles your fancy, it’s important to make sure you’re covered in case you do get injured. Having the right private health insurance could mean the difference between waiting on a list in the public system for treatment or recovering in time for the semi-finals. With nib, getting a quote takes just a few minutes.

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