Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

Cycling Injuries

Emergency Visits
Hospitalizations
Deaths

Emergency Visits

According to the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), in 2018 in Simcoe Muskoka, there were over 850 emergency visits for cycling related injuries. The age-standardized rate for cycling injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2018 was 155 (144.8, 165.7) visits per 100,000 population, which significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 141 (139.0, 142.9) visits per 100,000 population.

There was a significantly downward trend in the cycling injury emergency visit rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole for the 16-years from 2003 to 2018, decreasing by approximately one per cent per year. The Simcoe Muskoka cycling injury emergency visit rates were above the provincial rate for each year over this time period.

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The age-standardized rate for cycling injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka among males in 2018 was 212 (195.1, 229.6) visits per 100,000, which more than double the female rate of 96 (84.6, 107.9) visits per 100,000. There was a significant downward trend in the cycling injury emergency visit rates for Simcoe Muskoka males from 2003 to 2018; however, the trend for Simcoe Muskoka females has remained flat over this same time period.

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The age-specific rate for cycling injury emergency visits between 2014 and 2018 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among children between the ages of 5 and 14 years at 463 (438.9, 487.7) visits per 100,000 populations. The age-specific Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the provincial rates for children 5 to 14 years and young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years.

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The trend in the cycling injury emergency visit rates among children (5 to 14 years) in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole displayed a significant downward trend over the 16-year period from 2003 to 2018, decreasing by more than four per cent per year over this period of time. The Simcoe Muskoka youth cycling injury emergency visit rate was significantly higher than the provincial rate for the entire 16 years. The significant decline in cycling injury emergency visit rate among children can be largely attributed to the substantial drop among boys, with rates dropping by more than half over these 16 years.

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For the time period from 2014 to 2018 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, emergency visits for cycling injuries were highest among those living in areas with the highest amount of material deprivation (as measured by the 2016 Ontario Marginalization Index).

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Hospitalizations

In 2018 in Simcoe Muskoka, there were 37 hospital admissions for cycling related injuries for an age-standardized rate of 6.5 (4.5, 9.0) admissions per 100,000 population, which similar to the Ontario rate of 7.4 (6.9, 7.8) admissions per 100,000 population.

Simcoe Muskoka children between the ages of 5 and 14 years had the highest rate of cycling injury related hospital admissions at 16.5 (13.1, 20.6) admissions per 100,000 population, which was the same as the comparable provincial rate of 16.6 (15.9, 17.3) admissions per 100,000.

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There has been a substantial drop in the cycling injury related hospitalization rates among children (5 to 14 years) in Simcoe Muskoka, mainly due to the change observed among boys. Between 2003 and 2008 the cycling injury related hospitalization rate for boys between 5 and 14 years in Simcoe Muskoka was 49 (39.5, 59.4) admissions per 100,000 population; however, this drop to just 16 (10.0, 23.1) admissions per 100,000 for the time period from 2014 to 2018. The rates among Simcoe Muskoka girls did not change significantly over this same period of time.

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Deaths

Over the 16-year period between 2000 and 2015, 17 Simcoe Muskoka residents died in cycling accidents, with 16 of the 17 decedents being male and 10 of the 17 deaths were as a result of a traffic collision with a car or truck. During the same 16-year time period, 389 cyclists died across Ontario, with nearly 9-in-10 decedents being male and approximately 50 per cent of deaths were as a result of a traffic collision with a car, truck or bus. The death data come from the Vital Statistics database for Ontario.