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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

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MOREIRA, Paulo; GENTIL, Daniel  and  OLIVEIRA, César de. Prevalence of injuries of Brazilian Basketball National Team during 2002 season. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2003, vol.9, n.5, pp.258-262. ISSN 1517-8692.

The aim of this study is to evaluate injuries, etiology and localization of Brazilian Basketball National Team during 2002 season. All data of this study was collected by the physician's team. The diagnosis performed was clinical, rarely complementary exams were used; 102 complaints were made by athletes during 2002 season (1/7/2002 10/9/2002) performing 6.37 injuries/athlete/season or 2.55 injuries/athlete/month; 64.7% (66/102 athlete's complaints) had no trauma relationship (muscle injuries, clinical diseases and tendinous injuries). The traumatic injuries were less frequent (36/102; 35.3%). The most frequent injury was ankle's torsion (13/102; 12.8%) followed by hand's trauma (9/102; 8.8%). By localization, the most common injuries were in legs (49/102; 48.0%), arms (14/102; 13.7%), thorax/abdomen (14/102; 13.7%), head and neck (3/102; 3.0%). The systemic diseases (headache, diarrhea, for example) were 21.6%. According to position in court, complaints from center players were the most common (45/102; 44.1%), mainly of traumatic injuries. Due to extreme contact sport, traumatic injuries in hands, thigh and ankle's torsion are most representative and the legs the most common stricken.

Keywords : Injuries; Brazilian Basketball Team; Epidemiology; Sports.

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