The extent and aetiology of injuries sustained by Clevedon town ladies football club players, with a view to injury prevention
Evans, Karen Anne
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Forty-one Clevedon Town Ladies Football players, aged between 18 and 42 years, completed a questionnaire regarding injuries sustained during the 2002-2003 season. This was to gain information so that the extent, anatomical site and aetiology of injuries sustained in matches and haining could be examined. Preventative measures was then be based on the research findings. 53.6% (N:22) of players reported to have suffered thirty injuries during the season. The results show that there was a higher incidence of injuries in matches compared to training (300/1000 hours and 130/1000 hours respectively). The most common severity of injuries in training and matches were minor, accounting for 53% (N: of all injuries. The Lower Body accounted for 92.2% of all injuries. During training the Upper Leg and Groin were mostly injured (13.3% and 13.3%) whereas in matches 19.9% of injuries were to the ankle. Muscle strain injuries were most common, accounting for 47% of all injuries. In terms of aetiology of injuries sustained in matches, the most common was because of a tackle (23%), whereas in,taining 12% of injuries occurred whilst running. 33% of injunes during matches occurred during the second quarter of a match followed by the first quarter (27%). An unexpected finding was regarding footwear, of the injuries which occurred in training, 35.4% of subjects were wearing the correct footwear. It was established that the more provalent injuries occurred during team training to those who did not complete a satisfactory warm-up and or were not wearing the correct footwear. The findings of this study are discussed, with practical implications and future research directions being made.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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