Age, player position and 2 min suspensions were associated with match injuries during the 2017 Men’s Handball World Championship (France)

Aim: To study the association between player characteristics, technical components of the game and the risk of match injuries during the 2017 Men’s Handball World Championship. Methods: Team physicians of the participating teams (n=24) were requested to provide injury report forms throughout the Men’s Handball World Championship (France, January 2017). The individual time played, age, number of international matches played and all technical and penalty variables for each player were extracted from the official International Handball Federation (IHF) online database and used as risk factors in a general logistic linear model analysis. Results: Of 387 players, 49 sustained one or more injuries (93 injuries in total). The total incidence of match injuries was 82.1 injuries per 1000?hours (95% CI 66.2 to 100.5), non-time-loss injury incidence was 40.6 injuries per 1000?hours (95% CI 29.3 to 54.9), while time-loss injury incidence was 30.9 injuries per 1000?hours (95% CI 21.5 to 42.9). Multivariate analysis showed that age (OR 1.1, 95% CI 1.02 to 1.18, p=0.011), player position (backs: OR 6.79, 95% CI 2.25 to 20.54, p=0.001; goalkeepers: OR 5.03, 95% CI 1.15 to 21.94, p=0.031) and 2 min suspensions (1–2 times: OR 2.77, 95% CI 1.27 to 6.04, p=0.011; 3 or more times: OR 2.66, 95% CI 1.18 to 6.38, p=0.029) were significant risk factors for getting injured during competition matches. Conclusion Age, player position (backs, goalkeepers) and 2 min suspensions were associated with match injury. Stricter rule enforcement should be considered to prevent match injuries in elite handball.
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Subjects: handball World Championship injury 2017 age playing position (sport games) male penalty
Notations: biological and medical sciences sport games
DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099350
Published in: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Published: 2019
Volume: 53
Issue: 7
Pages: 436-441
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced