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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2016 Feb 12

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Incidence of musculoskeletal sport injuries in a sample of male and female recreational paddle-tennis players

Romualdo CASTILLO-LOZANO 1, Maria J. CASUSO-HOLGADO 2

1 University School Fco. Maldonado, Osuna, Seville; 2 Faculty of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Podiatry University of Seville, Seville


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BACKGROUND: Nowadays paddle-tennis is practiced by the Spanish population, not only in a professional or semi-professional way, but also as a recreational sport. As occurs in tennis, the repetition of specific actions and gestures in paddle-tennis could be a factor associated with one or more types of musculoskeletal injuries in this population. The aim of this research was to describe the incidence and location of musculoskeletal injuries in a sample of Spanish recreational paddle-tennis and to explore a possible causality injury model, focusing on gender contribution.
METHODS: The sample was composed of 113 active paddle-tennis players, of whom 47.78 % were men. The participants were asked about the injuries they had suffered during their paddle participation. Other variables such as age, physical position in the game and level of ability were taken into account.
RESULTS: 85.4% of the players reported any sport paddle injury. The elbow and the lower back have been shown as the most common regions of injury, followed by knee and shoulder injuries. Female group reported a higher injury incidence due to playing paddle-tennis (OR=0.169; p=0.008). Significant differences also existed between the genders for calf injury location (OR=0.208; p= 0.020). A global injury model explaining 22.5% of the variance has been observed. Gender seems to explain 7.4% of the variance.
CONCLUSIONS: Being a medium- aged weighty right-handed woman seems to be the profile more likely to report paddle- tennis related musculoskeletal injuries. a lack of literature regarding paddle-tennis related injuries has been observed. It could be said that our results contribute substantially in this field.

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