Basketball

An estimated 831,000 Australians aged 15 and over played basketball in 2019–20. There were 2,160 injury hospitalisations attributed to basketball1,760 male and 400 female. This is 315 less than the year before. For those aged 15 and over, the rate of hospitalisation was about 191 per 100,000 participants.

The highest number of basketball injury hospitalisations was in the 15–19 age group (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Age distribution of basketball injury hospitalisations, 2019–20

Column graph showing the age distribution of injury hospitalisations.

Source: AIHW NHMD.

For more detail, see data table A14.

Half of the hospitalisations were fractures (51%), and more than a quarter were soft-tissue injuries (28%) (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Basketball injury hospitalisations, by type of injury as a proportion, 2019–20

Bar graph showing the proportion of injury hospitalisations by main type of injury.

Note: Type of injury is derived from the principal diagnosis.
Source: AIHW NHMD.

For more detail, see data table A25.

There were 90 hospitalisations for concussion69 male and 21 female.

The main injury was most often to the hip or leg (38%), followed by the wrist or hand (21%) (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Basketball injury hospitalisations, by body part injured, as a proportion, 2019–20

Outline of a person with body regions labelled, marked with the percentage of hospitalised injuries for each region.

Note: Body part injured is derived from the principal diagnosis.
Source: AIHW NHMD.

For more detail, see data table A26.

Where it was specified, the most common cause of injury was ‘falls from or involving an object’ (24%), closely followed by overexertion (23%) (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Cause of injury as a proportion when specified, basketball injury hospitalisations, 2019–20

Bar graph showing the proportion of hospitalisations by cause of injury when specified.

Source: AIHW NHMD.

For more detail, see data table A27.

Seasonality and COVID-19

The last three years of data indicate a sawtooth pattern of hospitalisations over the months of the year. This may reflect amateur basketball being played in two seasons each year. The interruption caused by COVID-19 is evident in the drop from March 2020 (Figure 5). There were about 48% less hospitalisations from March to June 2020 than in the same period of 2019.

Figure 5: Basketball injury hospitalisations by month of admission, 2017–18 to 2019–20

Line graph with 3 lines for 3 financial years of hospitalisations by month of admission, illustrating the drop in admissions after March 2020.

Notes
1. Months have been standardised to 31 days.
2. A scale up factor has been applied to June admissions to account for cases not yet separated.

Source: AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database.

For more detail, see data table B3.