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Boxing injury epidemiology in the Great Britain team: a 5-year surveillance study of medically diagnosed injury incidence and outcome

Loosemore, Michael; Lightfoot, Joseph; Palmer-Green, Deborah; Gatt, Ian; Bilzon, James; Beardsley, Chris


Michael Loosemore

Joseph Lightfoot

Deborah Palmer-Green

Ian Gatt

James Bilzon

Chris Beardsley


Objectives: there has been no comprehensive injury
report of elite-level amateur boxers in competition and
training. We reviewed injuries in training and
competition in the Great Britain (GB) amateur boxing
squad between 2005 and 2009.
Methods: longitudinal, prospective injury surveillance
over 5 years of the GB boxing squad from 2005 to
2009. 66 boxers passed through the squad. The
location, region affected, description, and the duration of
each injury were recorded by the team doctor and team
physiotherapist. We recorded whether the injury occurred
during competition or training, and also whether it was
a new or a recurrent injury. The injury rate during
competition was calculated as the number of injuries
per 1000 h.
Results: more injuries affected the hand than any other
body location. This was the case overall, in training and
competition individually, and for both new and recurrent
injuries. More injuries occurred during training than
during competition, and most injuries were new rather
than recurrent. Total injury rate during competition was
828 per 1000 h and hand injury rate in competition was
302 injuries per 1000 h. Hand injury rate in competition
was significantly higher than at the other locations.
The incidence of concussion is comparatively low.
Conclusions: injury prevention should aim to protect
the hands and wrists of elite amateur boxers.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 24, 2015
Online Publication Date Jul 17, 2015
Publication Date 2015-09
Deposit Date Jan 20, 2016
Print ISSN 0306-3674
Electronic ISSN 1473-0480
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 17
Pages 1100-1107
Keywords Boxing; injury; trauma; epidemiology; health education;
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Contract Date Jan 20, 2016