Epidemiology Of Varsity Sports

Varsity sports is in many schools as important as academics, especially
in the United States. These schools rely a great deal on the success of their
teams for financial stability and enrollment interest. The athletes as well
take their sport very seriously, if only for the sake of their pride.
It therefore follows that each team strives to be the very best, and
only 100% effort is enough. Unfortunately, when competition climaxes, more often
than not injuries result.
This study is a synopsis of the data collected in a number of past
articles concerned with injuries incurred by collegiate athletes in many
different varsity sports. For the purpose of this study, an injury has ...

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Occuring in
Women's Basketball by Hanes and Murray in 1982 found an injury rate of 41.7 per
100 players. Of these injuries 56.9% were ankle sprains, 24.1% were muscle
strains. 76.2% of the sprains and strains occurred to the lower extremities.
Injured fingers ( which were the only upper extremity injuries) accounted for
14.3% of the injuries and 4.8% of the injuries were reported as facial.
All information for this study was collected through the use of injury
forms completed by the coaches, and information forms by each player, injured or
In a separate study for the American Journal of Sports Medicine by
Clarke and Buckley in 1980 on injuries incurred in collegiate Women's Basketball,
there was an injury rate of 20.3 per 100 players. There was a reported
incidence of 53% sprains, and 4% strains. 40% of all injuries sustained were to
the lower extremities.
In the same study Clarke and Buckley found similar results in Men's
Varsity Basketball to that of ...

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most prevalent, Occuring 48% (men's) and 26% (women's) of the time.
Sprains accounted for only 18% and 16% of the injuries. But as would seem
fitting the men were inflicted with 72% of the injuries to the lower extremities,
and the women 92%.

After a five-year study of two University wrestling teams, Snook (1982)
found wrestling to have the highest incidence of injury of all those examined
in this article, with an injury rate of 35.7 per 100 participants. The type of
injury was fairly evenly divided between sprains (31.03%) and strains (27.58%)
as it was between injuries to the upper (43%) and lower extremities (55%).


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