In New Zealand we love our beaches, outdoor activities, barbeques, jandals and backyard cricket. ACC had a number of claims, over the December 2015 to February 2016 period, from us Kiwis just being, well, Kiwis!
Other claims for the summer month period include:
Tramping – 1,940 claims
Accidents included falls from climbing, losing balance on steep slopes and tripping over rocks.
Swimming – 5,653 claims
Accidents included slipping on tiles around pools, to diving and chipping a tooth.
Boating – 1,661 claims
Injuries involved boats capsizing or being hit by waves, and injuries sustained from getting in and out of boats.
Surfing – 2,626 claims
Accidents included colliding with other surfers, cutting feet on surfboard fins, or falling off in shallow water.
Horse riding – 2,324 claims
Injuries from falling off horses or being kicked by horses.
Diving – 278 claims
Accidents included diving in shallow water, burst eardrums and standing on rocks.
Jet ski – 388 claims
Injuries from coming off a jet ski and hurting back and shoulders.
Sunburn – 31 claims
Bad sunburn forming blisters.
Don’t let these statistics stop you from getting out and about, it’s all part and parcel of being active. As long as you’re taking the right steps to prevent injuries from happening, there’s nothing to stop you from MOVING! If you suffer an injury during exercise, don’t hesitate to contact your local physio as early as possible. Remember you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see a physio and any physio that is an ACC provider is able to lodge a claim for you. A physio will be able to a diagnosis and advice on the best way to manage and rehabilitate your injury, and how to keep the rest of your body in the best possible shape to get you back in action as soon as possible.
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