An investigation into Sports Acrobatics and Tumbling injuries in gymnastics and the relationship of injury to level of competition
Matthews, Hollie Alicia
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study was designed to identify any significance between level of competition in acrobatics and factors concerning injury. Seventy-seven sports acrobats and tumblers completed a self-designed questionnaire regarding the injuries they had sustained. Sports acrobats over all levels were used with 61% of the acrobats suffering at least one injury over the past two years. Several positive relationships were identified between the variables used. Lower extremities sustained most injuries over all levels with sprains and strains occurring the most in terms of nature (Tables 23, 26, 29 and 30). With the use of chi-square analysis there was no significance found between level of competition and anatomical location of injury sustained, although a positive correlation was apparent (Table 52-56). No relationship was identified between level of competition and severity ratings of injury. Also with the use of chi-square analysis no differences appeared between the different levels of competition, although positive correlations were found in nature, anatomical location and incidence of injury.
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