Activity-limiting injuries

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Approximately 4.27 million Canadians aged 12 and older suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual daily activities in 2009–2010. This represented 15% of the population, an increase from 13% in 2001.

In 2009–2010, adolescents aged 12 to 19 were most likely to suffer an injury (27%), followed by working-age adults aged 20 to 64 (14%) and seniors aged 65 and older (10%). From 2001 to 2009–2010, the injury rate increased the most among adolescent girls, rising from 18% to 23%. However, it remained highest among adolescent boys at 30%.

Falls are the main cause of injury for all age groups. About 63% of seniors, 50% of adolescents and 35% of working-age adults were injured in falls in 2009–2010.

Two-thirds (66%) of injuries among adolescents were related to sports, whereas working-age adults were most likely to have a work-related injury (18%). For seniors, everyday activities like household chores (27%) and walking (28%) accounted for over half of their injuries.

Chart 17.2 Injuries, by age group, 2009-2010
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