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Injuries during the international floorball tournaments from 2012 to 2015


Pasanen, Kati; Bruun, Merita; Vasankari, Tommi; Nurminen, Minna; Frey, Walter O (2016). Injuries during the international floorball tournaments from 2012 to 2015. BMJ open sport & exercise medicine, 2(1):e000217.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Floorball is a running indoor team sport that has growing popularity worldwide. Some prospective studies have investigated injuries in national floorball leagues, but such studies at the international level are lacking. OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence and characteristics of injuries during 12 International Floorball Federation (IFF) events. METHODS All top-level IFF events from 2012 to 2015 were included in the study. The IFF events were divided into the following groups: Men's World Floorball Championships (2012 and 2014), Women's World Floorball Championships (2013 and 2015), Men's Champions Cup (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and Women's Champions Cup (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). The team medical personnel prospectively recorded the injuries that occurred in games and practices. The time of exposure was calculated for entire teams based on the IFF statistics. RESULTS Sixty-eight injuries were registered among 67 players. Sixty-five of the injuries occurred in games, resulting in an injury incidence of 21.24 per 1000 game hours (95% CI 16.13 to 26.35). There was no significant difference in the incidence of game injuries between females and males (incidence rate ratio 0.68, 95% CI 0.41 to 1.11). The ankle was the most common site of injury (24%), followed by the head (18%) and the knee (18%). Almost half of the injuries (46%) involved joints or ligaments. CONCLUSIONS Risk of injury during IFF tournaments was lower than in many other team sports at the highest level of play. Preventive actions should focus on acute ankle and knee injuries as well as head and face injuries.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Floorball is a running indoor team sport that has growing popularity worldwide. Some prospective studies have investigated injuries in national floorball leagues, but such studies at the international level are lacking. OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence and characteristics of injuries during 12 International Floorball Federation (IFF) events. METHODS All top-level IFF events from 2012 to 2015 were included in the study. The IFF events were divided into the following groups: Men's World Floorball Championships (2012 and 2014), Women's World Floorball Championships (2013 and 2015), Men's Champions Cup (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and Women's Champions Cup (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). The team medical personnel prospectively recorded the injuries that occurred in games and practices. The time of exposure was calculated for entire teams based on the IFF statistics. RESULTS Sixty-eight injuries were registered among 67 players. Sixty-five of the injuries occurred in games, resulting in an injury incidence of 21.24 per 1000 game hours (95% CI 16.13 to 26.35). There was no significant difference in the incidence of game injuries between females and males (incidence rate ratio 0.68, 95% CI 0.41 to 1.11). The ankle was the most common site of injury (24%), followed by the head (18%) and the knee (18%). Almost half of the injuries (46%) involved joints or ligaments. CONCLUSIONS Risk of injury during IFF tournaments was lower than in many other team sports at the highest level of play. Preventive actions should focus on acute ankle and knee injuries as well as head and face injuries.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:29 Sep 2017 10:35
Last Modified:29 Sep 2017 11:39
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:2055-7647
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000217
PubMed ID:28890804

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