Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/33783
Title: Musculoskeletal injuries in elite able-bodied and wheelchair foil fencers-a pilot study
Authors: Chung, WM
Yeung, S 
Wong, AYL
Lam, IF
Tse, PTF
Daswani, D
Lee, R
Keywords: Disabled sports
Fencing
Injury pattern
Injury prevention
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Source: Clinical journal of sport medicine, 2012, v. 22, no. 3, p. 278-280 How to cite?
Journal: Clinical journal of sport medicine 
Abstract: Objective: To explore the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in elite able-bodied and wheelchair foil fencers. Design: A 3-year prospective cohort study of sport injuries during 2006-2009. Setting: A sample of elite able-bodied fencers (AFs) and wheelchair fencers (WFs) from the Hong Kong National Squad. Participants: A total of 14 wheelchair and 10 able-bodied elite fencers completed the 3-year study. Methods: Monthly interviews with fencers to collect data related to their injuries. Main Outcome Measures: The incidence rate and relative risk of injury were analyzed among able-bodied and WFs with different trunk control ability. Results: Wheelchair fencers had higher overall injury incidence rate (3.9/1000 hours) than AFs (2.4/1000 hours). Wheelchair fencers with poor trunk control were more vulnerable to injuries (4.9/1000 hours) than those with good trunk control (3.0/1000 hours). Upper extremity injuries were predominant in WFs (73.8%), with elbow (32.6%) and shoulder strain (15.8%) being the most common injuries. Lower extremity injuries were predominant in AFs (69.4%), with muscle strain over knee and thigh region (22.6%), ankle sprain (14.5%), and knee sprain (11.3%) being the leading injuries. Conclusions: Results of this pilot study highlighted the distinct injury incidence between the 2 different fencer groups. Larg-scale epidemiologic and biomechanical studies are warranted to improve the understanding of fencing injuries to develop specific injury prevention/rehabilitation programs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/33783
ISSN: 1050-642X
EISSN: 1536-3724
DOI: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31824a577e
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