Falls are the third leading cause of injury death and the number one cause of injury hospitalization in Manitoba.

Exercise 5 sit-standFrom 1992-2001, falls were responsible for more injury hospitalizations than all other injury causes combined. Falls hospitalizations were over 4.5 times higher than that of motor vehicle collisions. In 2001, falls accounted for a total of 97,285 hospital days.

While a injury due to falling can happen to people of all ages, falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalization for infants and children between the ages of 0 and14 years and adults over the age of 34. Falls are also the leading cause of injury death for adults over the age of 74.

Manitoba Health (2004). Injuries in Manitoba: A 10-year review. Manitoba Government: Winnipeg.