Friday 30 September 2016

Over half of handball injuries are in upper limbs

Published 29/03/2016 | 02:30

Hand injury
Hand injury

The first study of injuries suffered by people who play Gaelic handball has found that some injuries are so severe that they have led to hospitalisation.

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Around 13,000 people in Ireland play the sport. Injuries to the upper limb were prevalent (52.9pc), followed by the lower limb (30.3pc). The shoulder (17.6pc), finger (10.5pc) and ankle (9.8pc) were the primary sites of injury.

Injuries occurred most frequently in December (9.7pc), January (9.7pc), February (9.7pc) and November (8.7pc), the Irish Medical Journal reported. Injuries predominantly occurred during games.

Seventy-five handball players (14-66 years) completed a self-report questionnaire. The study called for further research into injury prevention strategies.

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