Injuries in Wheelchair Basketball Players

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Hasan Hallaceli


In the literature, information about injury patterns, risk factors and management strategies is limited for wheelchair athletes. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence and nature of injuries in wheelchair sports participants. Demographic data, sport history, type, area, cause and story of the injury and barriers of collecting this sport information were recorded. A total of 15 individuals were included in the study. The biggest barrier to play the sport was the cost of the wheelchair. 26.6% of them had injury in the past one year and 75% of them had injuries because of muscle tears. Injuries while playing wheelchair sports are common, and mostly occurred while driving the wheelchair. Mostly their fingers are squeezed and stuck to the wheelchair. Education for prevention of injuries should be given to all the players. Protective equipment for hands should be considered to protect against injuries.

Keywords: Injury, wheelchair, basketball players, wheelchair athletes


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