OF INJURIES IN YOUNG BASKETBALL PLAYERS
Jelena, Stefanovic Milica, Radivojevic Nenad, Dikic Nenad
Sport Medicine Association of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia
There are not enough studies about teenage male basketball population.
Difficulty is to compare existing information because of non consistent
sports injuries statistics. Aim of this study was to
identify the basic epidemiology of injuries during training
competition: 1) quantify basic measures of incidence: incidence rate
and the epidemiological incidence proportion; 2) describe injury
characteristics 3) compare injuries during training and
competition; 4) identify injury prevention initiatives.
All injuries have monitored in four selections of one basketball team
in Serbia during nine months period. The participants were 61 boys aged
from 13 to 19. The 95% confidence intervals were calculated for rate
and rate ratio using standard formulas.
A total of 50 acute and 18 overuse injuries have been
Incidence rate of acute and overuse injuries have been 1.26/1000h
exposure and 0.45/1000h exposure, respectively. The overall
incidence rate was 1.72/1000h exposure [95% CI: 1.31-2.13]. The
epidemiological incidence proportion of injury was 61% [95%
49%-73%], and re-injury was 41% [95% CI: 25%-57%]. The lower
extremities injuries were 69.1% of all. Ankle injury have
the most common overall (19.1%) then with the same percentage were knee
(13.2%) and foot (13.2%) injuries.
We found that injury rate incidence in young basketball players is not
high, although there is not enough available information in the
literature to compare with. The most common injured region is
ankle. Regarding that prevention strategy could be joint specific
stabilizations and proprioception training.
Key words: sports
injury, children, basketball.