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J Sci Med Sport. 2000 Dec;3(4):406-13.

A preliminary investigation of injury prevention strategies in Netball: are players heeding the advice?

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School of Community Health and Sports Studies, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.


All netball players who sought treatment for injury during the three-day 1995 New South Wales State Netball Championships were surveyed. Of 940 participants, 131 incurred injuries (139.4 injuries per 1,000 players; 23.8 injuries per 1,000 playing hours). Ankle and knee injuries were most frequent, with ligament sprains, bruising/contusions, and muscle strains presenting as the most common injury types. The most frequent causes of injury were incorrect landings, collisions with players, being struck by the ball, or repetitive movements. Although most players heeded advice pertaining to warm-up, occurrence of injuries during warm-up and cool-down suggested that activities performed during these periods may be inappropriate. To reduce risk of ankle ligament sprain in netball, high-cut netball shoes have been advocated. However, only 5.1% of players surveyed wore high-cut shoes. Furthermore, although players have been advised to seek immediate treatment when injured, 54.7% of players finished the game before seeking treatment. Relative to previous netball injury investigations, the frequency and nature of injuries, and the injury prevention behaviours of players have not changed. Therefore, wider promotion of injury prevention resources, combined with research into the effectiveness of these resources and how players can be encouraged to adopt appropriate injury prevention strategies in netball, is recommended.

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