Sports injuries in students aged 12-18 during physical education classes in Israel

E. Carmeli, S. Azencot, M. Wertheim, R. Coleman

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A retrospective study was made of sports injuries occurring in physical education classes in 51 junior and senior high schools in Israel during a period of 14 months (2000-2002). The survey covered a total population of 11439 students aged 12 to 18, 52% male, 48% female. The aim of the study was to assess the incidence, types and risk factors involving sports injuries among students in physical education classes. Physical education teachers were asked to complete questionnaires recording injuries that occurred during their lessons. Data included: socio-demographic parameters (gender, age, height and weight of the injured students), area and type of injury, time of injury during the class, type of sport activity, previous injuries, assessment of sport capabilities and performance. A total of 192 injuries were recorded in the survey (1.70%). Male and female students had fairly similar injury rates (49% female, 51% male). 12-14 year old students showed the greatest number of injuries (52%). The ankle was the most common site of injury in both genders (48%) mostly involving ankle sprain. Athletics was the most common sport involving injury (38%). 45% of injuries were reported to occur in the start of the class, whereas 26% of injuries were repeat injuries. This survey showed that the incidence of injuries during supervised physical education classes in high schools in Israel is relatively low and is similar to that of other Western countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-280
Number of pages10
JournalBiology of Sport
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Physical education
  • School children
  • Sports injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Physiology (medical)


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