Injuries in Canada: Insights from the Canadian Community Health Survey
Authors: Jean-Michel Billette and Teresa Janz
Highlights: An estimated 4.27 million Canadians aged 12 or older suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities in 2009-2010. This represents 15% of the population, an increase from 13% in 2001. / Overall, falls were the leading cause of injury. About 63% of seniors and one-half of adolescents were injured in falls, as were 35% of working-age adults. / Young people aged 12 to 19 had the highest likelihood of injury. More than one-quarter (27%) of this age group suffered an injury, almost twice the proportion of adults (14%) and three times the proportion of seniors (9%). / Two out of three (66%) injuries among adolescents were linked to sports. Among working-age adults (20 to 64), sports and work were related to almost half (47%) of injuries. Over half (55%) of seniors’ injuries occurred while walking or doing household chores.
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