of sport injuries at the 15th Nigeria National Sports Festival
Taofeek O. Awotidebe1,
Ayodele T. Onigbinde1, Chidozie E. Mbada1,
Olusoji O. Oje2
Department of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Health Sciences,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Department of physiotherapy, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital,
and Purpose. Sport injuries represent the most important
adverse consequence of sports activities and a frequent reason for non
performance at sport events. There are limited studies on pattern and
management of sport injuries among athletes in Nigeria. This study
investigated the pattern of sport injuries and also identified
physiotherapy utilization by the athletes during the 15th Nigeria
National sports festival. Methods. This study reviewed the medical
records of all the athletes that reported at the sport clinic. Only 204
case charts met the inclusion criteria for sport injuries and were used
in the analysis.
highest incidence of sport injuries resulted from football (22.1%).
Soft tissue injuries were the most common type of injuries among the
athletes (70.1%) with a higher incidence in contact sports than
non-contact sports (81.2 vs. 60.7%). Ankle (25.7%) followed by the knee
joint (24.8%) were the most commonly injured anatomical sites. 73.5% of
all the injured athletes received physiotherapy intervention.
Cryotherapy and Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation respectively
in combination with other modalities were the most utilized form of
Conclusion. Sport injuries
are common among athletes in Nigeria and it constitutes a significant
burden on physiotherapy facility. The pattern of sport injuries
observed is typical of reports from previous studies and from different
populations. The extent of sport injuries call for preventive actions
in subsequent national sport events.
case review, nigerians, physiotherapy, sport injury.