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School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia

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AFL Medical Officers Association, Melbourne 3000, Australia





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Abstract It has previously been shown that being of aboriginal descent is a risk factor for hamstring injuries in Australian football. The aim of this study was to review the Australian Football League AFL injury database to determine whether there were any injuries where indigenous players had different relative risks to non-indigenous players. Analysis was conducted using data from the AFL injury database, which included data from 4,492 players over 21 years 1992–2012, covering 162,683 player-matches at AFL level, 91,098 matches at lower levels and 328,181 weeks possible matches of exposure. Compared to non-indigenous players, indigenous players had a significantly higher risk of hamstring injuries RR 1.52, 95% CI 1.32–1.73 and calf strains RR 1.30, 95% CI 1.00–1.69. Conversely, indigenous players had a significantly lower risk of lumbar-thoracic spine injuries RR 0.61, 95% CI 0.41–0.91, groin strains-osteitis pubis RR 0.75, 95% CI 0.58–0.96 and Achilles tendon injuries RR 0.32, 95% CI 0.12–0.86. The results for the above injuries were also significant in terms of games missed. There was no difference between overall risk of injury RR 1.03, 95% CI 0.96–1.10 or missed games RR 1.00, 95% CI 0.97–1.04. This suggests that indigenous AFL players have the same overall number of injuries and missed games, but a slightly different injury profile. View Full-Text

Keywords: sports injuries; indigenous; aboriginal; Australian football; AFL sports injuries; indigenous; aboriginal; Australian football; AFL





Autor: Jessica Orchard 1,* , John Orchard 1 and Hugh Seward 2

Fuente: http://mdpi.com/



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