Advances in Physical Education

Volume 7, Issue 3 (August 2017)

ISSN Print: 2164-0386   ISSN Online: 2164-0408

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Combat Sports Injuries in Well-Trained Athletes during African Games 2015 in Brazzaville, Congo

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The aim of this study was to analyze the epidemiology and distribution of combat sports injuries during African Games 2015. A retrospective study was conducted from November 2016 to February 2017, including all adult patients aged consulted by doctor during combat or admitted to emergency medical sport unit of complex sporting of these Games. The data collected were sex, time and day of consulting or admission, injury risk, types, location and causes of injuries. During these African Games, an average injury frequency of about 78.6% has been observed. Contusions (n = 104), sprains and luxations (n = 43), fractures (n = 40) and wounds (n = 12) were the main injuries observed among 187 athletes. The lower extremities were more frequently affected than the upper extremities (150 cases versus 78 cases). In conclusion, the present study provides the latest knowledge on the frequency and characteristics injuries in combat sports. Injuries are different according to sport in their mechanisms and injury distribution. During African competition and training session, the evaluation and prevention of these factors could decrease the occurrence of such injuries.

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Didace, M. , André, M. , Victoire, K. , Justy, M. and Alphonse, M. (2017) Combat Sports Injuries in Well-Trained Athletes during African Games 2015 in Brazzaville, Congo. Advances in Physical Education, 7, 274-285. doi: 10.4236/ape.2017.73022.

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