Longitudinal differences in the injury profile of professional male handball players according to competitive-level

Raya-González, Javier, Garcia-Esteban, Sergio, De Ste Croix, Mark B ORCID: 0000-0001-9911-4355, Clemente, Felipe M and Castillo, Daniel (2021) Longitudinal differences in the injury profile of professional male handball players according to competitive-level. Research in Sports Medicine, 29 (1). pp. 90-102. doi:10.1080/15438627.2020.1800465

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The aim was to analyze the differences in professional handball players` injury profile according to the team`s competitive-level (i.e., First division vs. Second division). Fifty-three professional male handball players participated in this study during 4 consecutive seasons in the same team (2015-16 and 2016-17 for the First division league and 2017-18 and 2018-19 for the Second division league). No significant differences in overall incidence was observed between groups (3.69 vs 4.19 injuries/1000 h, RR = 0.88, 95% CI 0.64-1.22, P = 0.44), although significantly greater injury incidence during training sessions was observed in the Second division group (3.06 vs 1.61 injuries/1000 h, RR = 0.52, 95% CI 0.34-0.81, P = 0.01), while greater injury incidence during matches was reported in the First division group (84.03 vs 49.88 injuries/1000 h, RR = 1.68, 95% CI 1.00-2.83, P = 0.05). The second division group presented the greatest injury burden attending to overall, training and match exposure, as well as in most locations and injury types, but no statistically significant differences were observed between groups. Given the between groups differences found in the injury profile of handball player, it is suggested to implement specific preventive strategies attending to the characteristics of each level-group.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Injury and prevention; Epidemiology; Team sports; Health
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV861 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 08:35
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:07
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8588

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