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Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182717983
Original Research

Practice Injury Rates in Collegiate Sports

Agel, Julie MA, ATC/L; Schisel, Jessica BA

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of this article was to explore the differences in practice injury rates for select National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports within and across sport by preseason, in-season, and postseason. This article will explore the relationship of practice injury rates by fall, winter, and spring sports as well as by Divisions I, II, and III.

Design: Descriptive epidemiology study.

Setting: NCAA schools.

Patients: NCAA athletes.

Main Outcome Measures: Injury.

Results: In all sports across all seasons, preseason practice injury rates [6.3 per 1000 athletic exposure (A-E)] were higher than in-season (2.3 per 1000 A-E). Fall sports had an overall preseason practice injury rate of 7.4 (per 1000 A-E) compared with 7.0 (per 1000 A-E) for winter and 3.5 (per 1000 A-E) for spring sports. Women's soccer had the highest preseason injury rate of 9.5 (per 1000 A-E). Men's football had the highest increased risk of injury comparing preseason with in-season practice injury (3.47 per 1000 A-E).

Conclusions: The recognition that preseason practice injury rates are higher compared with in-season and postseason practice injury rates can create an opportunity for athletes, coaches, and medical personnel to identify prevention strategies to reduce preseason injury risk.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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