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Citation

Hess MC, Swedler DI, Collins CS, Ponce BA, Brabston EW. J. Athl. Train. 2020; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2020, National Athletic Trainers' Association (USA))

DOI

10.4085/1062-6050-269-18

PMID

31895593

Abstract

CONTEXT: Injuries in professional ultimate Frisbee (ultimate) athletes have never been described.

OBJECTIVE: To determine injury rates, profiles, and associated factors using the first injury-surveillance program for professional ultimate.

DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study. SETTING: American Ultimate Disc League professional ultimate teams during the 2017 season. PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Sixteen all-male teams. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Injury incidence rates (IRs) were calculated as injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures (AEs). Incidence rate ratios were determined to compare IRs with 95% confidence intervals, which were used to calculate differences.

RESULTS: We observed 299 injuries over 8963 AEs for a total IR of 33.36 per 1000 AEs. Most injuries affected the lower extremity (72%). The most common injuries were thigh-muscle strains (12.7%) and ankle-ligament sprains (11.4%). Running was the most frequent injury mechanism (32%). Twenty-nine percent of injuries involved collisions; however, the concussion rate was low (IR = 0.22 per 1000 AEs). Injuries were more likely to occur during competition and in the second half of games. An artificial turf playing surface did not affect overall injury rates (Mantel-Haenszel incidence rate ratio = 1.28; 95% confidence interval = 0.99, 1.67).

CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, this is the first epidemiologic study of professional ultimate injuries. Injury rates were comparable with those of similar collegiate- and professional-level sports.


Language: en

Keywords

AUDL-ISP; American Ultimate Disc League; athletic injuries; flying disc; injury surveillance

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