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Pattern of sports injury among the junior high school footballers in Dhaka city of Bangladesh

Version 1 : Received: 1 May 2021 / Approved: 6 May 2021 / Online: 6 May 2021 (14:52:41 CEST)

How to cite: Hossen, K.; Bhuiyan, M.A.; Yasmin, E.; Anwar, H.B.; Hossain, A.; Yasmin, N. Pattern of sports injury among the junior high school footballers in Dhaka city of Bangladesh. Preprints 2021, 2021050091 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0091.v1). Hossen, K.; Bhuiyan, M.A.; Yasmin, E.; Anwar, H.B.; Hossain, A.; Yasmin, N. Pattern of sports injury among the junior high school footballers in Dhaka city of Bangladesh. Preprints 2021, 2021050091 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0091.v1).

Abstract

Globally, football as a sport has recorded the highest rate of injury morbidity compared with other sports due to the high degree of contact between the players. Coaches play an important role in reducing injuries among the players. The objective of this study was to explore the pattern of football-related sports injuries among junior high school footballers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted between January 2019 to March 2019 in 20 junior high schools in Dhaka Metropolitan city. We observed 368 boys in the age range of 10 to 18 years old. A pre-structured questionnaire was provided to six trained junior physiotherapists to conduct the face-to-face interview with the boys in the school setting. Most students were from middle-income families. The injury prevalence of defenders was the most (157, 42.7%) followed by mid-fielders (132, 35.94%), forwards (63, 17.1%), and goalkeepers (16, 4.3%). Tackling was the main cause of injury in 21.1% of cases followed by foul play in 19.1% of the cases. In July, there were more injuries (69.0%) and associated muscle strain. Injured footballers did not visit sports physiotherapists as much as they did other health profession and the association was significant. When considering scientific knowledge, students were aware of fitness, flexibility & endurance (25.5%), sports massage (24.5%), the relation of body structure with sports Injury (21.2%), warm-up and/or cool down (19.6%). Based on the study, it was seen that students had no scientific knowledge of sports. As sports is a key activity for school-going children, comprehensive sports injury preventive knowledge is needed for students and sports teachers and coaches. Access to sports physiotherapists is also needed to prevent and manage sports injury at the field level and for rehabilitation.

Subject Areas

Sports injury, health-seeking behaviour, junior school footballers, Bangladesh

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