n International SportMed Journal - The epidemiology of squash injuries




Squash is a popular, high-intensity, competitive sport. This article presents a critical review of the literature relating to the epidemiology of squash injuries published from 1980 to 2000, inclusive. Of all injuries in squash, players most often sustain musculoskeletal soft-tissue injuries. Most of the literature, however, relates to the severe injuries, that is, those to the eye and head region. The squash-injury literature is mainly retrospective squash-injury studies conducted by reviewing hospital, casualty, or emergency-department patient records and surveys of nonrepresentative, small samples of players. As a result, the more common and less severe injuries tend to be underreported. A summary of the methodological comparisons and limitations of the existing studies is presented. The need for prospective squash studies identifying and reporting all squash injuries in a representative, well-defined squash population, with clear injury definitions and appropriate statistical analysis, is evident.


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