What causes injury?

Common causes of injury in WA are:

The rates of injury and causes of injury (external site) are different for children, young adults and older adults. According to a framework called The Haddon Matrix (external site), injuries result from a combination of:

  • human factors
  • agent / vehicle / energy (for example, heat)
  • physical and social environments.

The matrix uses an example applied to the problem of injuries to children falling in playgrounds.