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Masters Athletes: No Evidence of Increased Incidence of Injury in Football Code Athletes

Walsh, Joe, Climstein, Mike, Heazlewood, Ian T., DeBeliso, Mark, Kettunen, Jyrki, Sevene, Trish G. and Adams, Kent J. (2013). Masters Athletes: No Evidence of Increased Incidence of Injury in Football Code Athletes. Advances in Physical Education,3(1):36-42.

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Title Masters Athletes: No Evidence of Increased Incidence of Injury in Football Code Athletes
Author Walsh, Joe
Climstein, Mike
Heazlewood, Ian T.
DeBeliso, Mark
Kettunen, Jyrki
Sevene, Trish G.
Adams, Kent J.
Journal Name Advances in Physical Education
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 1
ISSN 2164-0386   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 36
End Page 42
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Scientific Research Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The World Masters Games, held quadrennially, is the largest international sporting competition in terms of participant numbers. Yet this cohort remains proportionately under investigated. An online survey using an open-source specialized survey application software program was utilized to investigate the 2009 Sydney World Masters Games (SWMG) football code athletes (association football, touch football, rugby union). A total of 931 masters athletes (28.2% response rate, aged 29 - 72 yrs, mean = 47.6, SD ± 7.1, 52.5% male) completed the survey, with touch football reporting the highest incidence of injury (29.2%) followed by rugby (27.0%) and soccer (21.2%). Analyzing injury data (t-tests, chi square) identified patterns in injury location (legs (11.2%, p < 0.01) followed by knees, feet and ankles) and significant (p < 0.01) classification patterns (muscle/tendon strain/tear (13.0%, p < 0.05), inflammation (6.1%), joint pain (6.0%) and ligament sprain/tear (5.8%)). There were also significant differences (p < 0.01) compared to general and elite sporting population data. For masters football athletes at the SWMG, the injury incidence during preparation for the tournament has similarities to, but is in fact significantly less than for these other sporting populations. Some gender and sport based differences in injury location and classification type were identified. There were also no significant age related changes in injury nature (classification type, location, incidence, time off work or training). Therefore these findings do not support the premise of masters football code athletes having a higher incidence of injury as compared to younger athletes.
Keywords Sports
Masters athletes
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