Sport is an important part of the culture in Australia, with a long history in the country dating back to the pre-colonial period.

Australia’s mild winters mean that in most parts of Australia, regular outdoor sports can be played all year, and indeed more vigorous sports are more comfortably played in winter.

Did you know that there 5.2 million Australians suffer sports-related injuries each year.

The most common sport/leisure activities related to injuries within each age group

 

Sport/Leisure Activity0 -14yrs old15-34yrs old35-54yrs old55+yrs old
Acrobatic sports
Basketball
Cricket
Cycling
Equestrian sports
Australian Rules Football
Rugby League & Union
Soccer
Individual athletic activities
Motorcycle Inc. dirt bike racing & jumping
Netball
Racquet sports
Skating & rollerblading
Surfing & boogie boarding
Swimming
Target & precision sports

 

Sports injury rates peak during the winter months of May, June and July, which is not surprising because cold muscles, tendons and ligaments increase your risk of being hurt.

Some suggestions for sports training in cold conditions include:

  • winter-sportsWear appropriate warm clothing.
  • Multiple layers of clothing trap more body heat than one bulky item.
  • Devote more time to warming up and stretching before exercising.
  • Keep up your fluid intake as the cold weather can still cause fluid loss.
  • Wear sun protection, particularly if you’re at the snow.
  • Don’t push yourself too far or too fast, particularly if you’re a beginner.