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Impact of age, performance and athletic event on injury rates in master athletics – First results from an ongoing prospective study

Ganse, Bergita and Degens, Hans and Drey, M. and Korhonen, Marko and McPhee, Jamie and Müller, Klaus and Johannes, Bernd and Rittweger, Jörn (2014) Impact of age, performance and athletic event on injury rates in master athletics – First results from an ongoing prospective study. Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 14 (2), pp. 148-154. International Society of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions. ISSN 1108-7161

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Abstract

Objectives: Recent studies have identified rates of injuries in young elite athletes during major athletic events. However, no such data exist on master athletes. The aim of this study was to assess incidence and types of injuries during the 2012 European Veteran Athletics Championships as a function of age, performance and athletic discipline. Methods: Report forms were used to identify injured athletes and injury types. Analysis included age (grouped in five-year bands beginning at age 35 years), athletic event, and age-graded performance. Results: Of the 3154 athletes (53.2 years (SD 12.3)) that participated in the championships (1004 (31.8%) women, 2150 (68.2%) men), 76 were registered as injured; 2.8% of the female (29), 2.2% of the male (47) athletes. There were no fractures. One injury required operative treatment (Achilles tendon rupture). Injury rates were significantly higher in the sprint/middle distance/jumps than the throws, long distance and decathlon/heptathlon groups (Χ² (3)=16.187, P=0.001). There was no significant interrelationship with age (Χ² (12)=6.495, P=0.889) or age-graded performance (Χ² (3)=3.563, P=0.313). Conclusions: The results suggest that healthy master athletes have a low risk of injury that does not increase with age or performance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/89464/
Document Type:Article
Title:Impact of age, performance and athletic event on injury rates in master athletics – First results from an ongoing prospective study
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Ganse, Bergitabergita.ganse (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Degens, HansManchester Metropolitan UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Drey, M.University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute for Biomedicine ofUNSPECIFIED
Korhonen, MarkoUniversity of JyväskyäUNSPECIFIED
McPhee, JamieManchester MetropolitanUNSPECIFIED
Müller, KlausInstitute of Aerospace Medicine, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR e.V., Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Johannes, BerndDivision Space Physiology, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center, bernd.johannes (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Rittweger, JörnDivision Space Physiology, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center, joern.rittweger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2014
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:14
Page Range:pp. 148-154
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Warden, S.UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:International Society of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions
ISSN:1108-7161
Status:Published
Keywords:Master Athletes, Championships, Injury, Athletics, Track and Field
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Beschleunigungsinduzierte Effekte (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Space Physiology
Deposited By: Becker, Christine
Deposited On:18 Jun 2014 10:21
Last Modified:10 Jan 2019 15:51

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