Injury Statistics - 2011/12

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Each year the SGSA collates and publishes the number of reported injuries at all competitive league and cup games at football grounds in the Premier and Football Leagues plus Wembley and the Millennium Stadium.

Each club is asked to provide the total number of reported injuries, broken down to a number of specific causes.

An injury is classed as a wound or trauma, hurt or harm, usually applied to damage inflicted on a body by an external force. Illnesses are by their nature excluded. Pre-existing injuries are also discounted as the report focuses on injuries that occur within the curtilage of the ground on match day.

Summary of Returns

  • The number of reported spectator injuries for 2011/12 season was 1236.
  • a 7% decrease from 1326 reported in 2010/11.
  • The reported overall injury ratio per spectator was one injury per 27,940 spectators.
  • The total number of injured spectators reported as taken to hospital was 79 compared with 81 in the previous season.
  • Overall most injuries were minor and were treated by the sports ground’s medical team.
  • The biggest cause of injury, as in previous years, was trips, slips and falls.

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