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Sports injuries aligned to predicted mature height in highly trained Middle-Eastern youth athletes: a cohort study

Abdallah Rejeb (UGent)
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Objectives To investigate the association of maturity status with injury incidence in Middle-Eastern youth athletes. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Four consecutive seasons (2010–2014), Aspire Academy, Qatar. Participants Male athletes (age range: 11–18 years) representing four disciplines enrolled and grouped into two categories: individual sports and racquet sports. Outcome measures Injury data collected over four seasons. Athletes’ anthropometric characteristics assessed to calculate age at peak height velocity. Predicted mature heights (PMHs) collected and categorised into four quartiles. Athletes had wrist and hand radiographs for assessment of skeletal age (SA). Early and late maturers with an SA of >1 year older or younger than their chronological age (CA). Results For the sample (n=67) across all groups, 43 (64%) athletes had one or more injuries: total of 212 injuries, 4.9 injuries per athlete across study. Survival analysis of maturity status using SA found early maturing athletes had two-fold greater injury risk compared with late maturers (HR 2.04, 95% CI 1.15 to 3.61, p=0.015). PMH associated with injury risk (HR 1.05, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.08, p=0.006). Athletes in fourth quartile (≥184 cm) had up to two-fold injury risk (HR 2.41, 95% CI 1.42 to 4.08, p=0.001). Racquet and individual sports involved similar injury risk (HR 1.14, 95% CI 0.86 to 1.52, p=0.37). Conclusion SA early maturity and PMH gradient were significant predictors of injury in youths.

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Rejeb, Abdallah. 2019. “Sports Injuries Aligned to Predicted Mature Height in Highly Trained Middle-Eastern Youth Athletes: a Cohort Study.” Ed. Adrian Aldcroft. Bmj Open.
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Rejeb, A. (2019). Sports injuries aligned to predicted mature height in highly trained Middle-Eastern youth athletes: a cohort study. (A. Aldcroft, Ed.)BMJ OPEN.
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Rejeb A. Sports injuries aligned to predicted mature height in highly trained Middle-Eastern youth athletes: a cohort study. Aldcroft A, editor. BMJ OPEN. BMJ; 2019;
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Rejeb, Abdallah. “Sports Injuries Aligned to Predicted Mature Height in Highly Trained Middle-Eastern Youth Athletes: a Cohort Study.” Ed. Adrian Aldcroft. BMJ OPEN (2019): n. pag. Print.
@article{8612123,
  abstract     = {Objectives To investigate the association of maturity
status with injury incidence in Middle-Eastern youth
athletes.
Design Prospective cohort study.
Setting Four consecutive seasons (2010--2014), Aspire
Academy, Qatar.
Participants Male athletes (age range: 11--18 years)
representing four disciplines enrolled and grouped into two
categories: individual sports and racquet sports.
Outcome measures Injury data collected over four
seasons. Athletes{\textquoteright} anthropometric characteristics assessed
to calculate age at peak height velocity. Predicted
mature heights (PMHs) collected and categorised into
four quartiles. Athletes had wrist and hand radiographs
for assessment of skeletal age (SA). Early and late
maturers with an SA of {\textrangle}1 year older or younger than their
chronological age (CA).
Results For the sample (n=67) across all groups, 43
(64\%) athletes had one or more injuries: total of 212
injuries, 4.9 injuries per athlete across study. Survival
analysis of maturity status using SA found early maturing
athletes had two-fold greater injury risk compared with
late maturers (HR 2.04, 95\% CI 1.15 to 3.61, p=0.015).
PMH associated with injury risk (HR 1.05, 95\% CI 1.01 to
1.08, p=0.006). Athletes in fourth quartile (\ensuremath{\geq}184 cm) had
up to two-fold injury risk (HR 2.41, 95\% CI 1.42 to 4.08,
p=0.001). Racquet and individual sports involved similar
injury risk (HR 1.14, 95\% CI 0.86 to 1.52, p=0.37).
Conclusion SA early maturity and PMH gradient were
significant predictors of injury in youths.},
  author       = {Rejeb, Abdallah},
  editor       = {Aldcroft, Adrian },
  journal      = {BMJ OPEN},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {BMJ},
  title        = {Sports injuries aligned to predicted mature height in highly trained Middle-Eastern youth athletes: a cohort study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ bmjopen-2018-023284},
  year         = {2019},
}

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