A Profile of Netball Injuries: A Comparison of Netball Injuries from Elite England Netball Set Ups
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this review is to identify the risk and protective factors for injury in elite netball set ups. 38 elite netballers that have acquired an injury(s) in the last three years completed a standardised questionnaire at the time of injury. The incidence of injury in this study was 19.6% ankle injuries, 13.7% thigh injuries and 13.7% hand/wrist and finger injuries highlighting that these were the three most common sites of injury. The risk factors for injury were identified as: landing technique (21.6%) changing direction (11.6%) and collision (34.1%). The risk factors for injury identified in this study can be used as a foundation for the development of new evidence-based injury prevention strategies and interventions that aim to reduce the risk of injuries that occur in netball. Injury prevention strategies should focus on the expansion of effective training programs that include a higher ratio of prehabilitation and a lower ratio of technical skills as well as introducing more injury based knowledge to the head coach who has overall control of what sessions the players take part in. Future studies into the detailed mechanisms related to the risk factors recognised would provide further understanding of why these factors affect injury and increase or decrease the potential risk.
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