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Injury rates in Shotokan karate in children and adolescent age groups

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Author(s): "V Ziaee* MD | S Lotfian | F Halabchi MD | AA Lashgari MD "

Journal: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN 2008-2142

Volume: 13;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 121;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Karate | injury rate | athletes girls | competition | Shotokan

ABSTRACT
This study is designed to determine the injury rate in Iranian Shotokan karate championships in children and adolescent age groups. All of the injuries were recorded in national competition in 2004. Details of ages, weight, year of karate experience and kind and location of injuries were obtained. Thirty injuries were recorded in this competition. The overall rate of injury was 0.25 per bout and 0.29 per competitor. Fourteen (43.7%) injuries were to the limbs, 31.3% to the head and neck and 25% to the trunk. Only four competitors were unable to continue fighting as a result of their injuries, one of them due to fracture.
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