Injury surveillance in English youth basketball: A 5-season cohort study to inform injury prevention strategies

Barden, Craig and Thain, Peter Kevin (2022) Injury surveillance in English youth basketball: A 5-season cohort study to inform injury prevention strategies. Physical Therapy in Sport, 58. pp. 34-40. ISSN 1466-853X

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Objectives: Describe the injury risk of English youth basketball, comparing game versus training injury incidence and burden.

Design: 5 season (2013/14-2018/19) prospective cohort study.

Setting: Basketball academy at an English sports college.

Participants: Male basketball players (n = 110, mean age; 17.3 ± 0.9 years).

Main outcomes measures: Descriptive data regarding game and training injury incidence (injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures (AE)) and burden (severity x incidence) are provided with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Rate ratios (RR; 95% CI) were used to compare outcome measures, with results statistically significant if the 95% CI did not pass 1.0.

Results: Fifty-four injuries were sustained during 13,350-AE (1666 games, 9684 training). Game injury incidence (12.0/1000-AE, 95% CI 6.7-17.3) was significantly greater than training injury incidence (2.4/1000-AE, 95% CI 1.4-3.3; RR = 5.1, 95% CI 2.8-9.2). Games had a significantly greater injury burden (216 days absence/1000-AE, 95% CI 121-311) than training (62 days absence/1000-AE, 95% CI 37-88; RR = 3.5, 95% CI 1.9-6.3). The ankle was the most injured body location (37%), whilst over 50% of injuries occurring through contact mechanisms.

Conclusion: This study is the most comprehensive description of injury epidemiology in English youth basketball to date. This information can inform evidence-based injury prevention strategies to mitigate risk in this population.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
28 August 2022Accepted
3 September 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Basketball, youth, injury, epidemiology
Subjects: CAH03 - biological and sport sciences > CAH03-02 - sport and exercise sciences > CAH03-02-01 - sport and exercise sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > College of Life Sciences
Depositing User: Peter Thain
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2023 13:32
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 13:01

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