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n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries among adolescent squash players in the Western Cape : original research article

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
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Abstract

. To determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries among adolescent squash players in the Western Cape.


. A retrospective descriptive survey was conducted during the first week of May 2006. Three schools were randomly selected from a list of the top 10 schools in the Western Cape high school squash league of 2005, with 106 squash players aged 13 - 18 years participating in the study.
. Injury data were collected for 106 players at three schools randomly selected from a list of the top 10 schools in the Western Cape high school squash league of 2005.
. An adapted structured self-administered questionnaire based on a previously validated musculoskeletal injury questionnaire was used to collect the data.
. The main variables investigated were prevalence, mechanism and injury site of musculoskeletal squash injuries.
. Twenty-nine per cent of the players ( = 31) reported that they had sustained a squash injury in the 4 weeks prior to data collection. A total of 48 injuries were reported by the injured players. The most common injuries included those of the thigh (19%), shoulder (13%) and lower back (13%). Forty-two per cent of players reported no specific mechanism of injury, but experienced pain not associated with a traumatic injury only while playing squash.
. A relatively high prevalence of squash injuries was found. This preliminary study serves as a baseline for future research. Areas for further investigation were identified and this could lead to the implementation of preventive programmes and education to prevent injuries among adolescent squash players.

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2016-12-11

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