Prevalence of injuries among young adults in sport centers: Relation to the type and pattern of activity

A. Lubetzky-Vilnai, E. Carmeli, M. Katz-Leurer

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The rate of injuries resulting from physical exercise in sport centers as well as related factors has not yet been described. The aims of this study were to describe the prevalence of self-reported activity-specific injuries, to identify the relations between injury profile and different types and patterns of physical activity and to assess whether gender is a modifying variable in that connection. Four hundred and fifty-seven men and women aged 20-35 years participated in this cross-sectional study. A questionnaire was used to evaluate the types and patterns of physical activity performed in the 12 months preceding the study and sports injuries sustained during that time. One hundred and ninety of the 457 subjects reported an injury as a result of exercising (41.6%). A relationship was found between weight training and injuries of the upper extremity (UE) for men and between spinning classes and knee injuries for women. Among those who participated in weight-training exercises, more frequent and longer duration exercise was associated with UE injury, and among those who participated in spinning classes more frequent exercise was associated with knee injury. Future injury prevention programs in sport centers should pay special attention to men who participate in weight training and to women who participate in spinning classes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)828-833
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Injury
  • Prevalence rate
  • Sport centers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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