Williams-Johnson, Jean; Williams, Eric; Meeks-Aitken, Nicola; McDonald, Archibald H.; Singh, Praimanand
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Spectrum of admissions for sports related injuries at the University Hospital of the West Indies Kingston Jamaica: A look at injury prevention
The Internet Journal of Third World Medicine
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Objective: There has been no local study regarding the admissions for sports-related injuries. The purpose of this retrospective survey was to examine the spectrum and epidemiology of admissions for sports- related injuries at the University Hospital of the West Indies and to consider recommendations on injury prevention. Methods: The study involved all patients with sports and recreational injuries registered in the Trauma Registry at the University Hospital of the West Indies over the five-year period from January 1999 to December 2003. Patients were assessed for age, gender, site of injury, and type of sport played. Results: A total of 101 patients were admitted. There were 93 men and 8 women, the ages ranged from 6 to 56 with a median age of 21 years. Most of the injuries were seen in the 11 to 20 age group. The sporting activities included soccer, cricket, basketball, track, fencing, go-cart racing and horseracing. The majority of the admissions were for soccer related injuries. These were predominantly lower limb injuries followed by head and trunk injuries. Conclusions: This study determined that most admissions for sports related injuries were for soccer and the most common anatomic site was the lower limbs. General recommendations for injury prevention are suggested.....