Most Common Causes of SCI

LAND TRANSPORT

42%

This includes motor vehicle, motor-cycle and quad-bike accidents.

This figure also includes accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.

Falls from roofs, down multiple stairs / steps, off ladders, verandahs, balconies, walls, scaffolding and trampolines.

People over 65 are most at risk of injury from low falls (from a height of 1 metre or less).

FALLS

40%

WATER RELATED

6%

The majority of injuries result from diving into shallow water at the beach or in pools, from surfing and water-skiing accidents.

87.5% of water related spinal cord injuries result in incomplete tetraplegia.

These are injuries sustained from various causes including injuries inflicted from an assault, other accidents involving machinery etc.

OTHER CAUSES

6%

SPORTING

5%

3% of injuries from football, predominantly rugby.

2% of injuries came from falling or being thrown from a horse, or falling from a horse-drawn cart.

People hit by heavy falling objects, most commonly tree branches.

75% of people hit by heavy falling objects were male.

HIT BY AN OBJECT

2%

LAND TRANSPORT

42%

This includes motor vehicle, motor-cycle and quad-bike accidents.

This figure also includes accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.

FALLS

40%

Falls from roofs, down multiple stairs / steps, off ladders, verandahs, balconies, walls, scaffolding and trampolines.

People over 65 are most at risk of injury from low falls (from a height of 1 metre or less).

WATER RELATED

6%

The majority of injuries result from diving into shallow water at the beach or in pools, from surfing and water-skiing accidents.

– 87.5% of water related spinal cord injuries result in incomplete tetraplegia.

OTHER CAUSES

6%

These are injuries sustained from various causes including injuries inflicted from an assault, other accidents involving machinery etc.

SPORTING

5%

3% of injuries from football, predominantly rugby.

2% of injuries came from falling or being thrown from a horse, or falling from a horse-drawn cart.

HIT BY AN OBJECT

2%

People hit by heavy falling objects, most commonly tree branches.

– 75% of people hit by heavy falling objects were male.

Source: AIHW: Tovell A 2018. Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2014-15. Injury research and statistics series no. 113. Cat. no. INJCAT 193. Canberra:AIHW.

Percentages do not equal 100 due to rounding.