Injuries in combat sports


This study describes the characteristics of injuries in strike and non-strike combat sports, and the results are intended for use in the area of sports physiotherapy research. [Subjects and Methods] The study was conducted on 159 athletes involved in a variety of combat sports. The participants included elite college players of the following sports: judo (47), ssireum (19), wrestling (13), kendo (30), boxing (16), and taekwondo (34). Of the participants, 133 were male and 26 were female. In the case of ssireum and boxing, all of the athletes were male. [Results] In the case of the combat sports, the types of injury and injured regions differed according to playing style.

Dislocation and injuries to the neck, shoulders, and elbows were more frequent in the non-strike sports, while injuries to the wrists and hands were more frequent in the strike sports. There was a high incidence of sprains, strains, bruises, and injuries to the lower limbs in both groups.

[Conclusion] We suggest that the characteristics of injuries in combat sports differ according to playing style, and our study will therefore provide physical therapists and researchers with information that can be used to prevent injury.

LINK TO ARTICLE

J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Aug;27(8):2425-30. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.2425. Epub 2015 Aug 21. Analysis of combat sports players’ injuries according to playing style for sports physiotherapy research. Noh JW1, Park BS1, Kim MY1, Lee LK2, Yang SM1, Lee WD1, Shin YS1, Kim JH3, Lee JU4, Kwak TY5, Lee TH6, Kim JY6, Park J7, Kim J8.

Author information 1Laboratory of Health Science and Nanophysiotherapy, Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School, Yongin University, Republic of Korea. 2Laboratory of Health Science and Nanophysiotherapy, Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School, Yongin University, Republic of Korea ; Commercializations Promotion Agency for R&D Outcomes, Republic of Korea. 3Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Welfare, Wonkwang Health Science University, Republic of Korea. 4Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Science, Honam University, Republic of Korea. 5Department of Taekwondo Instructor Education, College of Martial Arts, Yongin University, Republic of Korea. 6Department of Combative Martial Arts Training, College of Martial Arts, Yongin University, Republic of Korea. 7Department of Social Welfare, College of Public Health and Welfare, Yongin University, Republic of Korea. 8Department of Physical Therapy, College of Public Health and Welfare, Yongin University: 470 Samga-dong, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 449-714, Republic of Korea.



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