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Extending in-competition Athletics injury and illness surveillance with pre-participation risk factor screening: A pilot study
University Hospital St Etienne, France; University of Lyon, France; French Athlet Federat FFA, France.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Swedish Athlet Assoc, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Health and Developmental Care, Center for Public Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6049-5402
Int Assoc Athlet Federat, Monaco; Qatar Orthoped and Sports Medical Hospital, Qatar.
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2015 (English)In: Physical Therapy in Sport, ISSN 1466-853X, E-ISSN 1873-1600, Vol. 16, no 2, 98-106 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To explore the performance of retrospective health data collected from athletes before Athletics championships for the analysis of risk factors for in-competition injury and illness (IandI). Methods: For the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships, a self-report questionnaire (PHQ) was developed to record the health status of 127 athletes during the 4 weeks prior to the championship. Physician-based surveillance of in-competition IandI among all 577 athletes registered to compete was pursued during the championships. Results: 74 athletes (58.3%) from the sample submitted a complete PHQ, 21 (28%) of these athletes sustained at least one injury and/or illness during the championships. Training more than 12 h/week predisposed for sustaining an in-competition injury, and a recent health problem for in-competition illness. Among the 577 registered athletes, 60 injuries (104/1000 registered athletes) were reported. 31% of injuries were caused by the track, and 29% by overuse. 29 illnesses were reported (50/1000 registered athletes); upper respiratory tract infection and gastro-enteritis/diarrhoea were the most reported diagnoses. Conclusions: Pre-participation screening using athletes self-report PHQ showed promising results with regard to identification of individuals at risk. Indoor injury types could be attributed to extrinsic factors, such as small track size, track inclination, and race tactics. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier , 2015. Vol. 16, no 2, 98-106 p.
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Sports injury prevention; Pre-competition medical assessment; Injury/illness surveillance; Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119592DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2014.05.003ISI: 000355026600003PubMedID: 25168228OAI: diva2:825122
Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2016-04-24

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