The point prevalence of injuries in retired competitive female gymnasts

Shelton, Nicola (2004) The point prevalence of injuries in retired competitive female gymnasts. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.


A sample of 120 retired competitve female gymnasts were administered a questionnaire, with a response rate of 30.8%. The questionnaire collected information detailing the number, location and type of current injuries. Information was also attained as to whether the injury was originally caused by a gymnastic-related injury and whether the injury was having an effect on the gymnasts' current lifestyle. The total sample reported 53 current injuries or complaints, a rate of approximately 2 injuries per retired gymnast. Of the toal injuries, injuries to the lower back were most common (34%), followed by ankle and foot (24.5%) and knees (17%). The most common types of injuries were sprains (30.2%) and aches or soreness (18.9%). Of the total injuries or complaints, 88.1% were originally caused by a gymnastic-related sports injury. All participants who were experiencing a current injury or complaint reported some effect on their current life. This highlights the substantial number of injuries or complaints in the retired gymnastic population and that retired gymnasts are experiencing residual pain and interference to their daily lifestyle from injuries. These findings suggest a need to evaluate injury prevention and rehabilitation programs designed for competitive gymnasts. This minor thesis was written by a post-graduate student as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords Osteopathy Masters Project, retired female gymnasts, sports injuries, injury prevention, rehabilitation
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