Morphological and skill-related fitness components as potential predictors of injury in elite netball players: A cohort study

South African Journal of Physiotherapy

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Title Morphological and skill-related fitness components as potential predictors of injury in elite netball players: A cohort study
Creator Sinclair, Colleen J. Coetzee, Frederik F. Schall, Robert
Subject — netball; risk factors; injury; prevalence; incidence; skill-related fitness
Description Background: A limited number of studies on the epidemiology of injuries and fitness profiles of netball players in South Africa have been conducted, but no research on the potential morphological and skill-related fitness predictors of injuries could be located.Objectives: We investigated whether morphological or skill-related factors measured in the pre-season could predict injuries sustained in-season.Method: In our cohort study, 77 under-18 (U18), U19, U21 and senior elite netball players underwent pre-season testing including anthropometry, balance, flexibility, explosive power, upper and lower body strength, core strength, speed and agility testing. A questionnaire was used to collect demographic data, elite-level experience and injury history. Injuries in pre-season, training and matches were recorded during the subsequent 2017–2018 season using an injury profile sheet.Results: Amongst the 77 players who underwent pre-season fitness tests, 33 players (42.9%) had at least one injury. Regarding player morphology, a significant association of body mass and body fat percentage with injury risk was found in a simple logistic regression. In a multiple logistic regression analysis, only fat percentage (p = 0.0508) remained a significant predictor of injury at the 10% significance level, with higher fat percentage being associated with lower injury risk.Conclusion: Heavier players and players with a higher fat percentage had a decreased injury risk.Clinical implications: As a result of the apparent protective effect of heavier weight of players, referees should more strictly enforce the no-contact rule in netball. Further research on functional movement screening as a tool for potential prediction of injury in netball is recommended.
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Date 2021-05-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/sajp.v77i1.1524
Source South African Journal of Physiotherapy; Vol 77, No 1 (2021); 8 pages 2410-8219 0379-6175
Language eng
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