Williams-Johnson, J. ; McDonald, Archibald H.; Meeks-Aitken, Nicola; Williams, Eric W.; Lindo, John F.; Singh, P.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Epidemiology of Admissions for Sports-Related Injuries at the University Hospital of the West Indies [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 5
Objective: There is no information regarding the admissions for sports-related injuries in this institution. The purpose of this retrospective survey was to examine the epidemiology of admissions for sports-related injuries at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Methods: The study involved all patients with sports and recreational injuries registered in the Trauma Registry at the University Hospital of the West Indies over the five-year period from January 1999 to December 2003. They were assessed retrospectively for age, gender, anatomic-sitespecific natureof injury, mechanism for injury and type of sport played. Results: A total of 101 patients were admitted for sports-related injuries. There were 93 men and 8 women, the ages ranged from 6 to 56 with an average of 21 years. Most of the injuries were seen in the 11 to 20 -year-age group (adolescents), a finding which was statistically significant. The sporting activities included soccer, cricket, basketball, track and field, fencing and go-cart racing and horseracing. The majority of the admissions were for soccer-related injuries. These were predominantly l;ower limb injuries followed by head and trunk injuries. Conclusions: This study indicated that most admissions for sports-related injuries were for soccer. Measures need to be instituted to decrease the frequency of admissions for soccer-related injuries in particular.....