A descriptive epidemiology of netball injuries during competition : a five year study

D.M. Hopper, Bruce Elliott, J. Lalor

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Objective-To investigate the relation between injury profiles - including assessment, treatment, severity, and the perceived reason for the injury - and participation in competitive netball.Methods - Between 1985 and 1989, approximately 11228 netball players participated in a 14 week netball competition held at the major competitive centre in Western Australia; 608 netball players presented to the first aid room with an injury and were assessed and treated by the same physiotherapist and St John First Aid officer.Results-The overall incidence rate during competition was 5.4%, with more injuries occurring in the A grade level of play. Ankle injuries (84%) were most frequent, with 67% of these injuries diagnosed as lateral ligament sprains while a further 10% of players who suffered this classification of injury sustained a fracture to the ankle or foot. Pew injuries occurred at the knee joint (8.3%) and only 1.8% of these injuries were diagnosed as an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament. The direct probability of a netball players' risk estimate was 0.054 per person per match which implied that netball was a relatively safe game. Injuries sustained during practice were not included in this study.Conclusions - Netball is a relatively safe game though the potential for injury increases with the level of competition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-228
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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