May 06, 2015
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Noncontact lower-extremity injury risks likely differ by sport, gender

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According to recently published data, differences were noted between sport and sex with regard to the risk for sustaining a noncontact lower-extremity injury.

Researchers culled online data self-reported from high school soccer and basketball players of both sexes who sustained a noncontact lower-extremity injury between 2005 and 2012. All injuries were compared against the 6.4 million athlete-exposures covered by the information gathered.

Risk of injury was elevated by a magnitude of 1.36 in athletes participating in basketball executing offensive action as opposed to defensive action; however, athletes participating in soccer exhibited no significant difference in injury rates between offensive and defensive actions. The researchers found female athletes were more likely than male athletes to sustain injury from offensive action or defensive action in both soccer and basketball.

Competition was 1.88 times more likely than practice to cause noncontact lower-extremity injury in female athletes participating in soccer, but this was not observed in female athletes participating in basketball or in either subset of male athletes, according to the researchers. – by Christian Ingram

Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.