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Original articles

IMAJ | volume

Journal 7, July 2001
pages: 508-510

A survey of sports injuries among a convenience sample of Israeli athletes

    Summary

    Background: Israel lacks a systematic surveillance of sports injuries, and knowledge of risk factors and specific patterns of injury is inadequate. In order to promote prevention of sports-related injuries, the magnitude of the problem must first be identified and the incidence and severity of sports injuries described.

    Objective: To conduct a survey on previous sports injuries among a sample of Israeli athletes.

    Methods: A convenience sample of Israeli amateur athletes participating in the 1997 15th Maccabiah Games was randomly selected. The study group answered an anonymous self-administered questionnaire that included sociodemographic data, and information regarding their sports activity and sports-related injuries that had occurred during the previous 2 years.

    Results: The study group, aged 12-3 years (median age 21), comprised 301 consenting athletes in 28 different sports. Of these athletes 56.1% reported having had at least one injury. Most injuries (75.6%) involved the upper and lower extremities, and 37.8% of the injured sportsmen had received medical attention from a physician. Half of the athletes participated in contact sports - both collision and limited impact. This group had a much greater proportion of reported injuries in all age groups.

    Conclusion: Surveillance of sports injuries should be expanded in order to develop appropriate prevention programs in Israel.

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