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Despite regularly participating in international and national level multisport events, there is still limited data on pattern of injuries and illnesses and factors associated with injuries and illnesses in Malaysia. Such information is crucial to instil preventive measures because sustaining injuries during competition could hamper athlete’s performance.
We described the pattern of injuries and illnesses sustained by athletes during the Malaysian Higher Education Games (SUKIPT) 2018.
This cross-sectional study instigated the incidence, patterns and risk factors of injuries and illnesses among athletes throughout the SUKIPT 2018 from 2 to 10 February 2018. All injuries and illnesses treated by tournament medical personnel were reported using a standardised online injury reporting form. This form was adapted from the injury surveillance form used by the International Olympic Committee.
In total, 6071 athletes from 80 contingents took part in the SUKIPT 2018. During the nine days of SUKIPT 2018, 323 injuries and 48 illnesses were reported, resulting in an incidence of 5.3 injuries and 0.8 illness per 100 athletes. Approximately 6% of the athletes sustained at least one injury or illness.
In summary, incidence of injuries and illnesses among athletes during the SUKIPT was 5.3 and 0.8 per 100 athletes respectively. Muscle strain/rupture/tear was the most common pattern of injury while collision with another athlete was the commonest mechanism of injury. Meanwhile, respiratory system was the most commonly affected by illness and infection was the commonest cause of illness.
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