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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Adventure Tourism and Adventure Sports Injury: the New Zealand experience
Author(s): Bentley, Tim A
Page, Stephen
Macky, Keith A
Keywords: adventure tourism
adventure sport
unintentional injury
injury compensation claims
injury epidemiology
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Bentley TA, Page S & Macky KA (2007) Adventure Tourism and Adventure Sports Injury: the New Zealand experience, Applied Ergonomics, 38 (6), pp. 791-796.
Abstract: The primary aims of this study were to establish a client injury baseline for the New Zealand adventure tourism and adventure sport sector, and to examine patterns and trends in claims for injury during participation in adventure activities. Content analysis of narrative text data for compensated injuries occurring in a place for recreation and sport over a 12-month period produced over 15,000 cases involving adventure tourism and adventure sport. As found in previous studies in New Zealand, highest claims counts were observed for activities that are often undertaken independently, rather than commercially. Horse riding, tramping, surfing and mountain biking were found to have highest claims counts, while hang gliding/paragliding/parasailing and jet boating injuries had highest claims costs, suggesting greatest injury severity. Highest claims incidence was observed for horse riding, with female claimants over-represented for this activity. Younger male claimants comprised the largest proportion of adventure injuries, and falls were the most common injury mechanism.
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Rights: Published in Applied Ergonomics by Elsevier.

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