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"Medicina Sportiva" No.14 - 2008 The 15-th Sports Medicine Balkan Congress


Natsis K., Apostolidis S., Anastasopoulos N., Lazaridis N., Vizas V., Vasileiou M., Sofidis G., Totlis T.
Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

The purpose of the study is to record the incidence of the athletes’ injuries, sustained during the 8th World University Wrestling Championship 2008, held in Thessaloniki, Greece (9-13 July). Twenty seven countries from all over the world participated in the Championship with 226 athletes. There were three wrestling styles: Free style (LL), Female wrestling (LF), Greco - Roman (GR)
Twenty countries participated in Free style, with 77 athletes and 59 matches took place.
In Female wrestling 17 countries participated with 65 athletes and 58 matches took place. In Greco-Roman style 20 countries participated with 84 athletes and 77 matches took place. The total of all injuries was 18 and on top of it there was one athlete who suffered from stomach ulcer penetration. In detail there were 7 injuries in Free style, 6 in Female style and 6 in Greco-Roman style. One athlete in Female style sustained 2 injuries. In free style occurred 1 ankle sprain, 1 tooth fracture, 3 knee injuries, 1 neck abrasion, 1 cervical sprain. As for the female injuries 2 ankle sprains 2 knee injuries and 1 mentum laceration were recorded. The Greco-Roman style involved 3 nose contusions, 1 eyebrow laceration and 2 shoulder dislocations.  The incidence of injury was 8.85%. In this study we analyze the type of injury per wrestling style, sex, category, body location and side.

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