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Beighton scoring of joint laxity and injury incidence in Middle Eastern male youth athletes: a cohort study

Abdallah Rejeb (UGent)
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Objectives To examine the association between generalised joint laxity (GJL) and injury rates in Middle Eastern male youth athletes. Design Prospective observational study consisting of GJL screen and injury audit (season 2009/2010). Setting Aspire Sports Academy Doha, Qatar. Participants A total of 226 adolescent male athletes (mean age: 14.2 years; SD: 1.7; range: 10–18) involved in 15 sporting activities were grouped into contact and noncontact sports. All available athletes were included in this study. Outcome measures A seasonal injury audit, athletes’ anthropometric characteristics, for example, weight, height and body mass index and screen for GJL to determine Beighton Score (BS). Results The 226 athletes sustained 596 injuries and 75% reported at least one injury over a seasonal injury audit. Players in contact sports were injured more often than players in non-contact sports (more frequent injuries than injury-free time in contact sports; 127 days (95% CI 93 to 160) vs 176 days in non-contact sports (95% CI 118 to 234) (p<0.001). Survival analysis showed that gradient BS was not associated with injury HR=1.004 (95% CI 0.95 to 1.06) in the overall cohort. However, BS was associated with a greater injury risk in contact sports (HR: 1.29; 95% CI 1.05 to 1.59; p=0.015). Conclusion Greater GJL, defined by gradient BS, plus involvement in contact sports together influence injury risk in youth athletes. Preseason documentation of GJL scoring should be considered specifically for contact sports as injury pre-emptive measure

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Rejeb, Abdallah. 2019. “Beighton Scoring of Joint Laxity and Injury Incidence in Middle Eastern Male Youth Athletes: a Cohort Study.” Ed. Emmanuel Stamatakis. Bmj Open Sem.
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Rejeb, A. (2019). Beighton scoring of joint laxity and injury incidence in Middle Eastern male youth athletes: a cohort study. (E. Stamatakis, Ed.)BMJ OPEN SEM.
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Rejeb A. Beighton scoring of joint laxity and injury incidence in Middle Eastern male youth athletes: a cohort study. Stamatakis E, editor. BMJ OPEN SEM. BMJ; 2019;
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Rejeb, Abdallah. “Beighton Scoring of Joint Laxity and Injury Incidence in Middle Eastern Male Youth Athletes: a Cohort Study.” Ed. Emmanuel Stamatakis. BMJ OPEN SEM (2019): n. pag. Print.
@article{8612121,
  abstract     = {Objectives To examine the association between
generalised joint laxity (GJL) and injury rates in Middle
Eastern male youth athletes.
Design Prospective observational study consisting of GJL
screen and injury audit (season 2009/2010).
Setting Aspire Sports Academy Doha, Qatar.
Participants A total of 226 adolescent male athletes
(mean age: 14.2 years; SD: 1.7; range: 10--18) involved in
15 sporting activities were grouped into contact and noncontact
sports. All available athletes were included in this
study.
Outcome measures A seasonal injury audit, athletes{\textquoteright}
anthropometric characteristics, for example, weight, height
and body mass index and screen for GJL to determine
Beighton Score (BS).
Results The 226 athletes sustained 596 injuries and
75\% reported at least one injury over a seasonal injury
audit. Players in contact sports were injured more often
than players in non-contact sports (more frequent injuries
than injury-free time in contact sports; 127 days (95\% CI
93 to 160) vs 176 days in non-contact sports (95\% CI 118
to 234) (p{\textlangle}0.001). Survival analysis showed that gradient
BS was not associated with injury HR=1.004 (95\% CI 0.95
to 1.06) in the overall cohort. However, BS was associated
with a greater injury risk in contact sports (HR: 1.29;
95\% CI 1.05 to 1.59; p=0.015).
Conclusion Greater GJL, defined by gradient BS, plus
involvement in contact sports together influence injury risk
in youth athletes. Preseason documentation of GJL scoring
should be considered specifically for contact sports as
injury pre-emptive measure},
  author       = {Rejeb, Abdallah},
  editor       = { Stamatakis, Emmanuel },
  journal      = {BMJ OPEN SEM},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {BMJ},
  title        = {Beighton scoring of joint laxity and injury incidence in Middle Eastern male youth athletes: a cohort study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ bmjsem-2018-000482},
  year         = {2019},
}

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