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Medicina dello Sport 2013 June;66(2):265-76

language: English, Italian

Prevention of injuries to lower limbs using logistic regression equations in aerobic gymnastics

Abalo R. 1, Vernetta M. 2, Gutiérrez-Sánchez A. 3

1 Department of Functional Biology and Health Sciences, Faculty of Physiotherapy, University of Vigo, Spain;
2 Department of Physical Sport Education, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, Spain;
3 Department of Special Didactic, Faculty of Education and Sports Sciences, University of Vigo, Spain


Aim: Determine what anthropometric parameters and morpho-constitutional are related with the appearance of lesions in the aerobic gymnastics through logistic regression equations. In addition to knowing the incidence of injuries in order to take the necessary measures for its prevention
Methods: The sample for analysis was composed of 73 athletes aged between 6 and 2. Of these 73 athletes, 51 were of gymnasts and the remaining 22 were of practitioners of other sports. On the one hand, the measurement of anthropometric variables (Q-angle, perimeter of the thighs and bilateral support weight) and on the other hand a questionnaire-interview with retrospective nature took place (injury incidence, type, etc.).
Results: There were 14 injuries gymnasts throughout the season. The most abundant lesions have been the muscle type (42.86 %). The mathematical model has a very high specificity (90%), but a low sensitivity (41.7%).
Conclusion: It is revealed the existence of anthropometric parameters related to injuries and they are exclusive of gymnasts: half the record 1 and 2 of the Q-angle right and left, average record 1 and 2 of the bilateral support weight on right and left lower limb.

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