Injuries of young elite female basketball players over a six-year period

G J Hickey, P A Fricker, W A McDonald
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 1997, 7 (4): 252-6

OBJECTIVE: To analyze injuries retrospectively among female basketball players at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from 1990 to 1995 inclusive.

DESIGN: The medical records of all the female basketball players on AIS (residential) scholarships were examined, and all injuries were recorded.

SETTING: The Sports Medicine Department at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia.

PARTICIPANTS: The participants were 49 elite female basketball players, holding full scholarships at the AIS, with an average age of 17.6 years at the time of injury presentation.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Injury presentation according to region involved, nature of injury, and most common specific injuries (diagnoses).

RESULTS: A total of 223 injuries were recorded: 139 were acute and 84 were chronic. The regions most frequently injured were the knee (18.8%), ankle (16.6%), lumbar spine (11.7%), and lower legs (10.8%). The most frequent diagnoses were ankle lateral ligament sprain (12.1%), patellar tendinitis (6.7%), lower limb stress fractures (5.4%), finger sprains (4.9%), and mechanical low back pain (4.5%).

CONCLUSIONS: There was a high incidence of knee and ankle injury in this group of young elite female basketball players, and stress fractures were not uncommon. The incidence of injury in female basketball players may be increasing. Further research in this area may help reduce the risk of stress fractures and serious ankle and knee injuries.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"