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Preseason Fitness Less Important Than Sex, Type Of College Sport, To Injury Rate

July 23, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A Canadian study finds that being physically fit before a college sports season begins does not reduce the risk of injury. Instead, the key factors are the sex of the participants and the type of sport played. Women incurred their first injury on average about 40 percent of the way through the season; men incurred their first injury 66 percent through the season. Injuries occurred among women in volleyball much faster – 20 percent into the season, 35 percent for men – than in other sports. Surprisingly, injuries in men’s hockey occurred on average three quarters of the way through the season, making it the safest sport.
Michael D Kennedy et al., "Can pre-season fitness measures predict time to injury in varsity athletes?", Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology, July 23, 2012, © BioMed Central Ltd
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