Adolescent physical activity-related injuries in school physical education and leisure-time sports

Ann-Christin Sollerhed, Axel Horn, Ian Culpan, James Lynch

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to investigate the prevalence of sports injuries in school physical education (PE) and leisure-time sports among 1011 15- to 16-year-old adolescents in relation to physical activity, and to examine goal orientation.

METHODS: A survey was used with additional narrative descriptions.

RESULTS: There was a higher prevalence of injuries in leisure time (645/993 = 65%) than in PE (519/998 = 52%). Two groups with high PE injury rates were identified: a) highly active (258/998 = 26%) in both school PE and leisure-time sports and b) highly inactive (180/998 = 18%) in both contexts. There were no differences between girls and boys. Task-oriented adolescents were more prone to injury.

CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of injuries in PE appears to have two mechanisms: renewed inadequately recovered leisure-time injuries among highly active adolescents, and injuries among fragile inactive adolescents unfamiliar with exercise. PE educators of these two groups with different injury patterns have a considerable didactic challenge. Knowledge of inadequately recovered injuries and consideration of the high volume and intensity of early sport-specific training in children and adolescents are important parameters in the design of lesson plans for PE.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Medical Research
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Sport and Fitness Sciences (30308)

Keywords

  • Sports injury
  • adolescents
  • attributional style
  • leisure-time sports
  • physical activity
  • school physical education

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