The Fitness Factor In Injury

The Fitness Factor In Injury If a team sports athlete starts the season in peak physical condition, conventional wisdom would have you assume he or she is less likely to suffer an injury, but a study published in the journal Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology suggests that fitness is only one of several key factors.

After evaluating college athletes from six varsity team sports, researchers found that a less than optimal level of upper body strength, as determined by a push up test, could result in a quicker time to injury. But a better measurement was sport and gender. On average, females were injured 40% of the way through the season, while males stayed healthy through about 66% of the season. The highest risk sport was volleyball, and the sport with the lowest injury rate was hockey.

True Strength Moment: The good news from this study is even though 55% of the student athletes who became injured missed at least one practice, most did not miss any games. That could be due to the fact that 40% of all injuries occurred during pre-season practice. So it could be a matter of playing too hard before getting the moves down.
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Nov 07, 2012
This was so helpufl and easy! Do you have any articles on rehab?