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Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31829aa3e8
General Review

Priorities for Investment in Injury Prevention in Community Australian Football

Finch, Caroline F. PhD*; Gabbe, Belinda PhD; White, Peta PhD*; Lloyd, David PhD; Twomey, Dara PhD§; Donaldson, Alex PhD*; Elliott, Bruce PhD; Cook, Jill PhD

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Abstract

Objective: High-quality sport-specific information about the nature, type, cause, and frequency of injuries is needed to set injury prevention priorities. This article describes the type, nature, and mechanism of injuries in community Australian Football (community AF) players, as collected through field-based monitoring of injury in teams of players.

Data Sources: Compilation of published prospectively collected injury data from 3 studies in junior community AF (1202 injuries in 1950+ players) and 3 studies in adult community AF (1765 injuries in 2265 players). This was supplemented with previously unpublished data from the most recent adult community AF injury cohort study conducted in 2007 to 2008. Injuries were ranked according to most common body regions, nature of injury, and mechanism.

Main Results: In all players, lower limb injuries were the most frequent injury in community AF and were generally muscle strains, joint sprains, and superficial injuries. These injuries most commonly resulted from incidental contact with other players, or from “overexertion.” Upper limb injuries were less common but included fractures, strains, and sprains that were generally caused by incidental contact between players and the result of players falling to the ground.

Conclusions: Lower limb injuries are common in community AF and could have an adverse impact on sustained participation in the game. Based on what is known about their mechanisms, it is likely that a high proportion of lower limb injuries could be prevented and they should therefore be a priority for injury prevention in community AF.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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