Epidemiological studies of injuries in rugby league: Suggestions for definitions, data collection and reporting methods

King, D. A. and Gabbett, T. J. and Gissane, Conor and Hodgson, L. (2009) Epidemiological studies of injuries in rugby league: Suggestions for definitions, data collection and reporting methods. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12 (1). pp. 12-19. ISSN 1440-2440

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2007.12.001

Abstract

Studies on rugby league injuries use a variety of definitions and methodologies. Consequently, comparisons of published studies are difficult. Researchers with an interest in understanding the epidemiology of rugby league injury participated in a majority agreement process. This paper provides suggestions for the definitions, data collection and reporting methods for future studies of rugby league injuries. The proposed methods and definitions were developed through the use of a majority agreement process on draft versions by all authors. Recommended definitions for injury incidence, recurrence, severity and match exposure are provided as well as injury site, type, diagnosis and causation. Suggestions for match and training injury incidence calculations are also provided for the purposes of comparison. This paper provides standard definitions that, if utilised, will enable meaningful comparison of future rugby league injury surveillance data from different countries and playing levels.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014
Subjects: 600 Technology > 612 Human physiology
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 16:04
Last Modified: 16 May 2012 16:04
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/119

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