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BMC Public Health

, 10:795

First Online: 30 December 2010Received: 20 April 2010Accepted: 30 December 2010DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-10-795

Cite this article as: McPherson, M. & Pickett, W. BMC Public Health 2010 10: 795. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-10-795


BackgroundThe martial arts have emerged as common activities in the Canadian population, yet few studies have investigated the occurrence of associated injuries on a population basis.

MethodsWe performed such an investigation and suggest potential opportunities for prevention. The data source was 14 years 1993 to 2006 of records from the Kingston sites of the Canadian Hospital Injury Reporting and Prevention Program CHIRPP .

Results920 cases were identified. Incidence rates were initially estimated using census data as denominators. We then imputed annual injury rates per 10000 using a range of published estimates of martial arts participation available from a national survey. Rates of injury in males and females were 2300 and 1033 per 10000 0.3% participation and 575 and 258 per 10000 1.2% participation. Injuries were most frequently reported in karate 33% and taekwondo 14%. The most common mechanisms of injury were falls, throws and jumps 33%. Fractures 20% were the most frequently reported type of injury and the lower limb was the most common site of injury 41%.

ConclusionsResults provide a foundation for potential interventions with a focus on falls, the use of weapons, participation in tournaments, as well as head and neck trauma.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-10-795 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Mark McPherson - William Pickett


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