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Clin J Sport Med. 2013 Jan;23(1):39-44. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182694870.

The epidemiology of injuries in contact flag football.

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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. sportmed@zahav.net.il

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To characterize the epidemiology of injuries in post-high school male and female athletes in the rapidly growing international sport of contact flag football.

DESIGN:

Prospective injury-observational study.

SETTING:

Kraft Stadium, Jerusalem, Israel.

PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 1492 players, consisting of men (n = 1252, mean age, 20.49 ± 5.11) and women (n = 240, mean age, 21.32 ± 8.95 years), participated in 1028 games over a 2-season period (2007-2009).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

All time-loss injuries sustained in game sessions were recorded by the off-the-field medical personnel and followed up by a more detailed phone injury surveillance questionnaire.

RESULTS:

One hundred sixty-three injuries were reported, comprising 1 533 776 athletic exposures (AEs). The incidence rate was 0.11 [95% confidence interval (CI), 0.09-0.12] per 1000 AEs, and incidence proportion was 10.66% (95% CI, 9.10-12.22). Seventy-six percent of the injuries were extrinsic in nature. Thirty percent of the injuries were to the fingers, thumb, and wrist, 17% to the knee, 17% to the head/face, 13% to the ankle, and 11% to the shoulder.

CONCLUSIONS:

Contact flag football results in a significant amount of moderate to severe injuries. These data may be used in the development of a formal American flag football injury database and in the development and implementation of a high-quality, randomized, prospective injury prevention study. This study should include the enforcement of the no-pocket rule, appropriate headgear, self-fitting mouth guards, the use of ankle braces, and changing the blocking rules of the game.

PMID:
23006980
DOI:
10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182694870
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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