Characteristics and contributing factors related to sports injuries in young volleyball players

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Vanderlei, Franciele Marques [UNESP]
Bastos, Fabio Nascimento
Tsutsumi, Gustavo Yuki Cantalejo [UNESP]
Vanderlei, Luiz Carlos Marques [UNESP]
Netto, Jayme [UNESP]
Pastre, Carlos Marcelo [UNESP]

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Background: The participation of young in volleyball is becoming increasingly common, and this increased involvement raises concerns about the risk of installation of sports injuries. Therefore, the objectives the study were identify the characteristics of sports injuries in young volleyball players and associate anthropometric and training variables with contributing factors for injuries. Methods. A total of 522 volleyball players participating in the High School Olympic Games of the State of São Paulo (Brazil) were interviewed. A reported condition inquiry was used to gather information on injuries, such as anatomic site affected, mechanism and moment of injury, as well as personal and training data. The level of significance was set at 5%. Results: A 19% frequency of injuries was found. Higher age, weight, height, body mass index and training duration values were associated with the occurrence of injuries. The most affected anatomic site was the ankle/foot complex (45 injuries, 36.3%). Direct contact and contactless mechanisms were the main causes of injuries (61 injuries; 49.2% and 48 injuries; 38.7%, respectively). Training was the moment in which most injuries occurred (93 injuries; 75%), independently of personal and training characteristics. Conclusion: Injuries affected the ankle/foot complex with a greater frequency. Direct contact and contactless mechanisms were the most frequently reported and injuries occurred mainly during training sessions. Personal and training characteristics were contributing factors for the occurrence of injuries. © 2013 Vanderlei et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.



Risk factors, Trauma in athletes, Volleyball

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BMC Research Notes, v. 6, n. 1, 2013.